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Wu Tsang, Duilian, 2016, digital video and sound, 26 minutes 30 seconds. Installation view.

Wu Tsang

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Wu Tsang, Duilian, 2016, digital video and sound, 26 minutes 30 seconds. Installation view.

The revision of historical narratives—rooted in feminist and civil rights movements and inflected by subsequent discourses on identity, hybridity, and intersectionality—is a vital, if perhaps over-rehearsed, artistic strategy. For Wu Tsang’s immersive installation “The Luscious Land of God Is Sinking,” the story reimagined was that of Qiu Jin, a turn-of-the-century Chinese feminist and revolutionary martyr, and that of her friend and biographer, the calligrapher Wu Zhiying. There is no overt historical record of a romantic relationship between the two, but this exhibition, based around historical excavations of the duo, made explicit gestures to that effect in the presentation of a sculptural and photographic archive collected and created by the artist. Encased in museological vitrines built into a dark, monumental fifty-foot hallway was a constellation of objects ranging

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