Chun Hua Catherine Dong © Qu Chang

To Rebel is Justified

Chun Hua Catherine Dong (Montréal)

14 fév. — 21 mars

“To Rebel is Justified” is the slogan used by the Red Guards during the Cultural Revolution. With To Rebel is Justified, the artist revisits this dark period of Chinese history in a performative context. Chun Hua Catherine Dong puts herself
on stage and personifies an imaginary Red Guard. Dressed in a military uniform, the anti-revolutionary of the 21st century explores human vulnerability in the context of ritual humiliation. Reversing meaning and symbols, Chun Hua’s “Red Guard” welcomes Mao Tse-tung to a pigsty rather than Tiananmen Square. Both tied to a classroom chair and kneeling in a bathroom, the performer plays with erotic submission.

The show brings together a collection of 12 photographs captured in China in 2013.
Chun Hua’s approach is influenced by the avant-garde feminist movement.

Text by Milly Alexandra Dery (.pdf)

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