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Children of Marx and Coca-ColaChinese Avant-garde Art and Independent Cinema$
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Xiaoping Lin

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780824833367

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824833367.001.0001

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Yin Xiuzhen’s The Ruined City

(p.57) Chapter 2 Beijing
Children of Marx and Coca-Cola

Xiaoping Lin

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter looks at Beijing as a domestic space for the female artist Yin Xiuzhen, whose installation, The Ruined City (1996), depicts a tranquil Chinese family life threatened by fast urban developments. In the past years, Yin Xiuzhen had established herself as an avant-garde artist with feminist and environmental concerns, and The Ruined City focused attention on the so-called urban human ecology of Beijing from a postmodern feminist viewpoint. For Yin Xiuzhen, Beijing is the “ruined city” which has been transformed from an ancient town, rich with a “natural” and “cultural landscape,” into a postmodern jungle of callous construction and destruction. In this regard, The Ruined City can be read as a historical recollection or commemoration of Beijing, the old capital city glowing with natural beauty and human warmth.

Keywords:   Yin Xiuzhen, The Ruined City, urban developments, urban human ecology, postmodern feminist, Beijing, Chinese family life

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