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Tian Taiquan (Chinese, b.1960)
LOT ID: 77319
Totem Recollection no. 6, 2007

Chromogenic Print (C-print), on photo paper
23.6 х 72.8 in. (59.94 x 184.91 cm.)
Signed, inscribed, on the photograph by the artist
Print/Casting Year 2007
Edition 12
Lot description
"Totem Recollection no. 6" (2007) is one of the most important and stunning images from Chinese Contemporary photographer Tian Taiquan's iconic "Totem Recollection" series of large-scale nude color photographs. This photograph measures 23.6 x 72.8 inches (60 x 185 cm), is unframed and from an edition of 12. A young Chinese woman wears the iconic green Red Guard military uniform which is completely unbuttoned to expose her frontal nudity, with her face hidden from view, and her hands bound together above her head with rope. She floats at the center of the composition, seemingly floating upon a sea of hundreds if circular totems of Chairman Mao that were popular during the Cultural Revolution, a time when Mao’s visage stood as a symbol for the entire nation and were all collected by Tian himself. This work has never been framed and is in perfect condition.

Tian Taiquan (b. 1960, China) has been one of the leading performance artists and photographers of his generation and continues to be one of the most famed and collected photographers from the Chinese Avant-Garde generation of artist. His work is the inspiration for countless emerging and young Chinese figural photographers. His photographs, especially from the "Memory of Time" 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. His work is found in the world's top fine art and photo Museum and Private collections. The artist graduated from the prestigious Sichuan Fine Arts Institute, China and has been a Resident Artist at Tank Loft, Chongqing Contemporary Art Centre.
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