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Guo Jian


Caroline Turner

GUO JIAN, Double Happiness, 2000, oil on canvas, 142 x 224 cm, courtesy Ray Hughes Gallery, Sydney.

I'm a liumang, and I'm not scared of anyone!1

In Geremie R. Barmé's magisterial study of contemporary Chinese culture, In the Red: On Contemporary Chinese Culture, he quotes Sinologist John Minford: 'On this post-Mao wasteland a strange new indigenous culture is evolving.., the culture of the liumang (an untranslatable term loosely meaning loafer, hoodlum, hobo, bum, punk) ...'.2 Guo Jian's exhibition at Canberra Contemporary Art Space…

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