24. Ta Men

Medium: Painting, Photography

Based in: Beijing

Lai Shengyu and Yang Xiaogang form the artist duo Ta Men, which means "they" in Mandarin. They, "They", stage outrageous, surrealistic scenes in paint and photo collage that star an ever-changing cast of characters. Though the scenes always take place on the same fictional "stage"—the corner of a cafeteria-like room in an urban high-rise—the location of the room shifts constantly as the window opens onto new horizons in every image. These collaborative paintings have more than just the two personalities that make them—they may be classifiable as fully schizophrenic.