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4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art

He Xiangyu

Cola Project

HE XIANGYU, Skeleton, 2010, jade replica of human skeleton. Photo by Zan Wimberley. 

Courtesy 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, Sydney, and Pearl Lam Gallery, Shanghai. 

Developed since 2008, He Xiangyu’s ambitious Cola Project (2010) investigates the American-style consumer culture that is rapidly rising in China today. Enacting a process of transformation, the artist employed factory workers to boil thousands of liters of the popular beverage down to a sticky, lava-like black mass. When reduced even further and dried out…

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