The People

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Year: 2020


A sculptural work that involves a large number of identical shoes of Chinese national brand (Warrior), which are displayed inside two vitrines, made from plywood and perspex. These are based on two Chinese characters 人民; taken together, these stand for ‘The People’. The aim of the work is to use the characteristics of shoes as a national brand and to ‘confine’ them within a traditional phrase in order to critique the notion of ‘the people’ in the context of contemporary Chinese society. It raises questions about the connection between individuals and groups, as well as the relationship between the country and its people. When individuals denounce certain forms of democratic protest, are they expressing their freedom to have a critical opinion, or are they simply defending the totalitarianism that surrounds them?

Medium: Plywood, Perspex and Shoes

Country of Origin: England

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