25 Contemporary Chinese Artists You Need to Know

Chen Qiulin

Medium: Multimedia

Based in: Chengdu

In any medium you like, Chen Qiulin makes beautiful and poignant work addressing the process and results of urbanization outside of an urban context. Much of her work highlights its violent and barreling effects on rural areas in her native Sichuan province, though she also makes gestures to generate hope and return stability to disrupted communities. For Tofu—100 Chinese Surnames, she carved the most common Chinese last names from tofu, one of the country's most common food staples, and displayed them along a Sichuan road.

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