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Xijing Men

The Capital of Absurdia

By Olivier Krischer

Olympic “medals” installed at Boers-Li Gallery for “Welcome to Xijing – Xijing Olympics,” Beijing, 2008.

All images in this article, unless otherwise noted, are courtesy the artists.

A strange atmosphere settled in Beijing in the summer of 2008, as the nation reeled from the effects of the Sichuan earthquake that May, and peoples’ shock and sadness were funneled into a nationalistic fervor for the long-awaited Olympics in August. In between, everything took on national importance. Private and public campaigns calling for national solidarity…

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