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Title: Micro-narratives in contemporary Chinese art : a case study of Cao Fei's Pearl River Delta anti-heroes
Authors: Fok, S 
Keywords: anti-heroes
Cao Fei
Contemporary Chinese art
cultural politics
Pearl River Delta
Issue Date: 2011
Publisher: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group
Source: Asian studies review, 2011, v. 35, no. 4, p. 499-520 How to cite?
Journal: Asian Studies Review 
Abstract: This paper investigates the representation of micro-narratives in contemporary Chinese art by examining the multi-layered narratives in Cao Fei's Pearl River Delta Anti-heroes performed at the opening of the 2 nd Guangzhou Triennial in 2005. I consider Cao's work as a hyper-realistic portrayal of the micro-narratives of the Pearl River Delta region in a mediated form highly influenced by the media, entertainment industry and popular culture of the region and Hong Kong. Theatricality, kitsch and the distinctive local essence of South China are revealed in the form of a TV soap opera and the use of colloquial Cantonese throughout the performance, along with occasional Putonghua or Mandarin. Language as a signifier of cultural politics has been deployed as an indispensable tool to empower the region within the broader body politic of the People's Republic of China.
ISSN: 1035-7823
EISSN: 1467-8403
DOI: 10.1080/10357823.2011.628009
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