Does this picture exposed in China already mean a critic of a political system?
Does this kind of picture – a slide in a woodenbox – reveal a reality or is it just a picture ? We see a persons symbolised by puppets being wrapped, tortured perhaps killed.
Is it only in China that such things happen? As a matter of fact in America everythings changes now, Guantanamo will be dismantled. No more mock– executions as torture and soon no more “state of exception” as Giorigo Agamben called it, in reference to the definition of power of Carl Schmitt. This picture by the young photographer Huang Shiyun (born in 1982) was exposed in the Photo Award 2009 of the Three Shadow Gallery. It is called „private room“ and it is part of an exhibition of young Chinese photographers at the Three Shadows Gallery in the Caochangdi district. Pictures of Ri Yue showing poor workers wrapped in a Chinese flag could be read either as a criticism of the Chinese policy or as a marketing mean. It is for sure that some young Chinese artists discovering photography for themselves, are willing to use the medium as a way of reflecting reality and perhaps not only to make money.