Left behind children and Chinese contemporary art

Chengmei Xiang

Research output: ThesisMaster's Thesis

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This research project uses the unique voice of contemporary socially engaged Chinese art through a specific case study of the Left Behind Children (LBC). The 61 million LBC grow up with their grandparents or great grandparents in the countryside while their parents work in the cities, sometimes thousands of kilometers away. To contextualize this project, this thesis explores the conditions of censorship imposed on contemporary art in China by analyzing the artworks of Guo Jian, Wang Yongsheng, and Guo Xiaojun . It also analyses the strategies used by artists Wang Qingsong and Ai Song to successfully escape strict censorship.
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Western Australia
  • Jorgensen, Darren, Supervisor
  • Zurr, Ionat, Supervisor
Thesis sponsors
Award date26 Feb 2019
Publication statusUnpublished - 2018


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