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Tian Taiquan (Chinese, b.1960)
LOT ID: 74831
Sacrifice《祭》No. 4, 2007

Chromogenic Print (C-print), Digitally manipulated C-print on paper
47.25 х 71 in. (120.02 x 180.34 cm.)
Signed, on photograph by the artist.
Print/Casting Year 2007
Edition 8
Lot description
"Sacrifice《祭》No. 4" (2007) is one of the most beautiful and sublime of the intense series of large-scale color photography by famed Chinese Contemporary photographer Tian Taiquan. This photograph is unframed and measures 47.25 x 71 inches (120 x 180 cm) and in excellent condition from an edition of just 8.
This work belongs to Tian's iconic "Sacrifice" series where performance art and photography intersect. The setting here is a famous graveyard in China, a dark and mysterious locale, linked to the days of The Cultural Revolution. As if an angel descending, a luminous anonymous nude young woman appears in the darkness, her diaphanous lavender robes billow around her, filled with life and color. Almost going unnoticed at the far left of this surreal narrative is a transparent spectral image of a young school girl, sitting quiet and small upon the graveyard steps, as if she has been waiting for years for this angel come and take her to a better place. The spirit of this young girl represents the souls of all the innocent people lost during the Cultural Revolution.

Tian Taiquan (China, b. 1960) is one of the leading photographers of his generation and continues to be one of the most famed and collected photographers from the Chinese Avant-Garde generation. His photographs, especially from this "Sacrifice" series, have been the subject of prestigious Museum exhibitions internationally such as "Seek and Hide, Tian Taiquan Solo Exhibition," Cultural Arts Museum, Beijing, China and "Foreordination and Transcendence" Contemporary Photography Exhibition, Singapore. The artist graduated from the prestigious Sichuan Fine Arts Institute, China in 1988 and has been a Resident Artist at Tank Loft, Chongqing Contemporary Art Centre. The artist lives and works in China.
Sacrifice《祭》No. 4 by Tian Taiquan
  • Sacrifice《祭》No. 4 by Tian Taiquan
  • Sacrifice《祭》No. 4 by Tian Taiquan
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