• Jing Zhao

Unlimited-Limited:Hybridized Identity and Censorship In Chinese Post-Internet Art


The Internet has revolutionized young Chinese citizens, drawing them out of national isolation and enabling them to cross all sorts of cultural boundaries. However, they are coming of age with an internet that is distinctively different from the rest of the World Wide Web because of the government’s censorship of information. It is clear that, under this situation, the internet has affected the careers of many Chinese artists especially the younger generation. “It's so unlimited but also limited. It's really rich material,” said Chinese net artist Miao Ying. By noticing the opportunities for creativity that lie in indigenous idiosyncrasies and localized concerns, the young Chinese artists are creating a visual style that the blurs between the network and reality, and cycle images in these two spaces. Chinese artists working in this manner are considered “post-internet artists” who are working closer with the world and fueling their aspirations to exhibit internationally and participate in a global dialogue. Among them, Guan Xiao, Lu Yang, Xu Wenkai, Miao Ying, Lin Ke and Chen Zhou represent post-internet art practices. Using these six Chinese artists’ works, this article is trying to give a general glance of the creativity under the ‘unlimited-limited’ internet situation in China.

Key words

Chinese post-internet art, Cultural hybridity, Identity, Censorship, Aesthetic, Ideology

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