Prisoner 囚, 1999

Papercut on Xuan paper
36,5 x 36,5 cm

Xiyadie’s hand-dyed paper-cuts rework an ancient Chinese form to depict scenes of gay eroticism, in which human forms are fused with nature. Traditionally, paper-cuts are hung on the panes of windows and doors as symbols of luck and happiness, to ward off evil spirits. In this early work, a young man is pressed between two large rocks, a depiction of the artist’s first awareness of his homosexuality.

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