Liu Xiaodong

By Stephanie Hemelryk Donald

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Leaving Beichuan and Entering Lake Tai. On a second visit I found the Beichuan piece more moving. The girls sit in their teenage, haphazard fashions on the side of a destroyed town, the epicentre of the 2007 quake. But, although the quake and the destruction are of course fundamental to the narrative of the painting, the girls' expressions, demeanour, and grouping (what is the word for a group of teenagers?) are about class, opportunity and the suspicion forming behind their eyes that they may be at the wrong end of the social miracle. 

Stephanie Donald

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