Sewn 缝, 1999

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, the character sews his penis together using a needle and thread, as if to repress his sexuality.

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