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Tian Taiquan (Chinese, b.1960)
LOT ID: 75869
Totem Recollection no. 6, 2007

Chromogenic Print (C-print), on photo paper
23.6 х 72.8 in. (59.94 x 184.91 cm.)
Other, signed, and numbered on photograph. From
Print/Casting Year 2007
Edition 12
Lot description
"Totem Recollection No. 6" (2007) is one of the most dynamic and visually arresting of the large-scale color photographs by famed Chinese Contemporary photographer Tian Taiquan that belongs to his iconic "Totem Recollection" Series. Conceptually brilliant, here a young woman is nude at center, her nudity barely covered by the standard "Red Guard" PRC uniform that she wears. This woman faces frontal, yet her identity is unknown with her face hidden from view and she appears to float upon a 'sea' of circular icons and badges that depict Chairman Mao, that were prevalent during the Cultural Revolution, a time when Mao’s portrait stood as symbol of an entire nation. Incredibly, every one of these badges was individually collected by the artist himself. This photograph is from an edition of 12, measures 23.6 x 72.8 inches (60 x 185 cm) unframed, and is in excellent condition.

A pioneer of the 'Cynical Realist' movement of artists from his generation, Tian Taiquan (China,b. 1960) uses his work to critique the internal politics and agenda that defined the Mao-era and events such as the "Cultural Revolution" which he experienced as a young man. The artist graduated from the prestigious Sichuan Fine Arts Institute, China in 1988 and was a Resident Artist at Tank Loft, Chongqing Contemporary Art Centre, China. Tian Taiquan continues to be one of the most relevant photographers from the Chinese Avant-Garde generation of artist. His photographs, especially from the "Sacrifice" series, have been the subject of Gallery and Museum exhibitions such as "Seek and Hide, Tian Taiquan Solo Exhibition," Cultural Arts Museum, Beijing, China and "Foreordination and Transcendence" Contemporary Photography Exhibition, Singapore.
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