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The Impossibilities of an Island

By HG Masters

XING XIN, The Black Box, 2009, performance documentation from Venice Biennale, 2009. 

Courtesy Berengo Studio, Venice.

VARIOUS LOCATIONS — That artists have problems with authority is a well-worn and well-loved cliché, but some are willing to go further than others to demonstrate this. As the international art world gathered in Venice in early June for its biannual convocation, the artist Xing Xin was making different plans for his Italian sojourn. Xing decided to protest China’s one-child policy by living inside a sealed

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