When Art Meets the Authenticity of Labor
How performance artist Li Liao, famous for his 45-day stint on Foxconn’s assembly lines in 2012, became a delivery driver to pay the bills
Painting By Numbers: Is the Future of Chinese Art Computer Based?
How crypto-artist Reva combines her love of coding with artistic creativity
Written on the Walls: How Graffiti in China Went Mainstream
With artists enjoying lucrative commissions from governments and brands, and attracting millions of followers online, some are asking whether China’s graffiti art has forgotten its counter-cultural roots
Famous Chinese Artists Are Embracing NFTs. Can Crypto-Natives Catch Up?
In the Chinese NFT world, reputation and connections prove just as important as in the offline traditional art scene
Zhao Xiaoli Blurs the Line Between Online Influencer and Artist
With millions of followers, Zhao Xiaoli is China’s most popular artist on Douyin—so why do art critics not rate her work?
The Art Exhibition “Breaking the Chain” on Human Trafficking
An online art exhibition calls attention to the infamous “chained woman” case in eastern China, despite repeated censorship
Beyond High Fashion: Li Xiaoliang’s New Way of Seeing
Beyond a glitzy career in fashion photography, Li Xiaoliang points his lens at gritty Chinese realities and faded Western illusions
Life, Entangled: Artist Liang Shaoji on Working with Silkworms
Artist Liang Shaoji talks to TWOC about using the symbolism of silk to lay bare Earth’s evolution
Children of the Corn: How Pan Dehai’s “Fatties” Distort the Past and Present
Painter Pan Dehai talks with TWOC about the ’85 New Wave movement and the reception of his cute but satiric political works