Hong Kong

Xiao Lu, Polar–2, 2016, giclée print, 47 1⁄4 × 31 1⁄2".

Xiao Lu, Polar–2, 2016, giclée print, 47 1⁄4 × 31 1⁄2".

Xiao Lu

10 Chancery Lane Gallery

You really thought she might get hurt. For the opening of Xiao Lu’s solo exhibition “Skew,” the artist—decked out in a chic black dress embroidered with the basic details of the performance: XIAO LU’S SKEW ON AUGUST 14, 2019 IN HONG KONG—had gallery attendants load her into a thick Plexiglas pyramid. It was transparent, with a few panels tinted red and, just at eye level, a small circular opening. Visitors were instructed to pour buckets of red water into the hole, after which it was sealed. In the cramped confines of the pyramid, Xiao couldn’t stand up straight. She began to violently throw her body against its walls. After fifteen minutes, the structure burst apart at the seams, releasing her thrashing body onto the sidewalk in a pool of red water. At the moment of freedom, she was still gasping for air.

Xiao positioned her performance as a response to the violent oppression faced in that

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