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Go With The Flow:

He Yunchang's Performance At Niagara Falls

by Bingyi Huang

HE YUNCHANGDialogue with Water, 1999, performance. Courtesy the artist.

On October 25, 2005, He Yunchang, a Chinese performance artist, hit the headlines internationally. The New York Times summed up the story in one line: “A Chinese performance artist appeared in city court (Buffalo) for wading naked into the rapids above Niagara Falls as part of a stunt that went wrong."

The Chinese media, however, projected a different picture. In the latest reenactment of Dialogue with Water, He…

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