Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Swimming in a River of Blood

This painting titled 'Swimming Mao' was created by a Chinese artist Gaoqiang, and many thanks to a tip from Benjamin Harris.

The painting depicted Mao Zedong swimming across the Yangtze River on the eve of the Great Cultural Revolution in 1966. It's a symbol of Mao's reviving vigorous thirsty of power, and a prelude of the chaos in which 3 million Chinese to be killed. Who said there was no performance artist in China in 1966?

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