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date: 20 January 2020

Cao Feilocked

(b Guangzhou, 1978).
  • Mia Yinxing Liu

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(b Guangzhou, 1978).

Chinese multimedia artist, photographer, and filmmaker. Even before graduating from the Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts in 2000, Cao was recognized and anticipated as being among the vanguard of “young artists” in China. In 2004 she made Cosplayers, a video and photo series in which teenagers dressed up as videogame characters and engaged in combat anime style in Cao’s native city, Guangzhou. They partook in random activities while costumed—emerging from the subway, walking in traffic, eating noodles in front of televisions in their modest and “real” homes. Fantasy and reality were powerfully juxtaposed, yet they did not persuade or permeate each other. Cao continued this interest in urban youth culture in her Hip Hop Series in 2005. In Whose Utopia (2006), she shifted her attention to migrant workers in her native Pearl River Delta region, the ground-zero of the Chinese manufacturing empire. In this film, migrant workers acted out their fantasies among machines in their industrial plants. Similar to ...

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