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Cao Fei

Global Player

by Carolee Thea

CAO FEI, Video still from Hip Hop New York, 2006, single channel video, 5:10 minutes. Courtesy the artist and Lombard-Freid Projects.

Twenty-seven-year-old artist Cao Fei represents a new, internationally savvy generation of artists in China. Cao creates videos and photographs that combine sociopolitical commentary with theatrical play. Employing MTV-style soundtracks, pop materials and documentary practice, she initiates "performance games" often shot in the streets or in semi-public environments such as offices and factories, in which she asks actors, strangers and friends to participate. In just a…

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