Fuck Off Exhibition 不合做方式展览

 

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Fuck Off was a notorious art exhibition, curated by Ai Weiwei and Feng Boyi, which ran alongside the Third Shanghai Biennale in the fall of 2000. The exhibition’s title is an interpretation of its Chinese name--不合作方式--more strictly translated as "Uncooperative Approach."  But the blunter English language sentiment was deemed preferable by its participants. Fuck Off was held in an Eastlink Gallery warehouse in Shanghai.[1]
Ai Weiwei, Study in Perspective (Tiananmen), 1995. The Perspective series was conducted over nearly a decade includes the White House, the "Mona Lisa," the Reichstag, etc.
Ai Weiwei, Study in Perspective (Tiananmen), 1995. The Perspective series was conducted over nearly a decade includes the White House, the "Mona Lisa," the Reichstag, etc.

Programming

Fuck Off was, in large part, a reaction against the allegedly over-complaisant Shanghai Biennale, which itself was the city's first attempt at a truly international survey of contemporary art. Ai encapsulated the show's artistic-curatorial attitude with one set of photos in which he gives the finger to the White House, the Forbidden City and the viewer, and another in which he releases an ancient Han Dynasty Chinese vase that smashes to at his feet.[1]

Yang Zhichao, Planting Grass, color photograph of the performance, 130 x 88 cm in an edition of 8, 2000.
Yang Zhichao, Planting Grass, color photograph of the performance, 130 x 88 cm in an edition of 8, 2000.
The exhibition included works from 46 avant-garde artists: Ai Weiwei, Cao Fei, Chen Lingyang, Chen Shaoxiong, Chen Yunquan, Ding Yi, Feng Weidong, Gu Dexin, He An, He Yunchang (in a color photograph as a bare-torsoed figure suspended from a crane by his ankles over a rushing river which he "cut" with the same knife he later used to knick himself in the arm), Huang Lei, Huang Yan, Jin Lei, Li Wen, Li Zhiwang, Liang Yue, Liang Yue, Lin Yilin, Lu Chunsheng, Lu Qing, Meng Huang, Peng Yu, Peng Donghui, Qin Ga, RongRong, Song Dong,
He Yunchang, Dialogue with Water, color photograph of a February 1999 performance, 2000.
He Yunchang, Dialogue with Water, color photograph of a February 1999 performance, 2000.
Sun Yuan (creator of Solitary Animal, a glass case containing an animal skeleton and--purportedly--enough poison gas to wipe out the show's entire audience), Wang Bing, Wang Yin, Wang Chuyu (whose performance consisted of a four-day fast), Wang Xingwei, Wu Ershan, Xiao Yu, Xu Tan, Xu Zhen, Yang Yong, Yang Fudong, Yang Maoyuan, Zhang Zhenzhong, Yang Zhichao, Zhang Dali, Zhang Shengquan, Zheng Guogu, Zhu Ming (who floated down the Huangpu River in a plastic bubble wearing a diaper) and Zhu Yu, Chen Hao, Zheng Jishun and Song Tao exhibited a video documenting their stroll through the city with blood leaking from plastic tubes that had been surgically inserted in the veins of their arms.[1]


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