Gate 门, 1992

Papercut with water-based dye and Chinese pigments on Xuan paper
176 x 176 cm
Photo: Gianmarco Bresadola

Xiyadie’s hand-dyed paper-cuts rework an ancient Chinese form to depict scenes of gay eroticism, between fantasy and the everyday. Traditionally, paper-cuts are hung on the panes of windows and doors as symbols of luck and happiness, to ward off evil spirits. Here, two male figures make love outside an entryway, while a woman takes care of a child inside. Romance between men is naturalized through the transformation of vines and flowers into fluid streams, but causes a rupture in the heteronormative family scene.

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