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Firenze Lai, Human Chain, 2014, oil on canvas, 31 1/2 × 27 1/2". From “A Hundred Years of Shame: Songs of Resistance and Scenarios for Chinese Nations.”

“A Hundred Years of Shame”

Para Site

Firenze Lai, Human Chain, 2014, oil on canvas, 31 1/2 × 27 1/2". From “A Hundred Years of Shame: Songs of Resistance and Scenarios for Chinese Nations.”

“A Hundred Years of Shame: Songs of Resistance and Scenarios for Chinese Nations” traced the expression of dissent and pluralism in the work of eighteen artists from the “Chinese world.” The phrase is interesting: It presents an interpretation of “China” as a nation not only contained within the current state’s borders but dispersed in communities the world over—the diaspora, a contested nation (Taiwan), and a “special administrative region” (Hong Kong) included. The intention of the organizers, Para Site’s executive director and curator, Cosmin Costinas, and Asia Art Archive senior researcher Anthony Yung, was to locate politics within a vast and fragmented cultural landscape in which the individual becomes both record and map of political experience and response. The view was an intimate and unexpected study of dissent.

The exhibition’s English title refers to what the

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