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The End of Alternative:

Looking back at Arrow Factory, Beijing's hutong storefront space

Installation view of DIAO DUI COLLECTIVE’s Arrow Factory Grotto, 2011, site-specific mural, dimensions variable, at Arrow Factory, Beijing, 2011–12. Courtesy Arrow Factory.

“This work sums up my life in the hutongs. Before, everyone was very relaxed. Now it’s not so free. Everything is forbidden, ‘No, No, No.’ Negation upon negation upon negation.” This is how Kan Xuan describes the impetus for her animated video Walking, Walking (2019), of cucumbers moving across a white screen to chants of “不许放油!不许放蒜!不许放醋!不许放盐!” (No oil! No garlic…

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