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Nüwa Reawakening

Tami Xiang
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Artist Talk 17/05/2014 4:00 am

This series reveals women’s social position in the ancient closed and conservative Chinese history when men dominated the society.

According to Chinese legend, Nüwa is the goddess who created humans. In ancient times, Nüwa was worshipped and females were respected and held in high regard as the nurturers of life. As Chinese civilization evolved, feudalism promoted the requirement for the female to be loyal to one man for the woman’s entire life and created systems to ensure male domination. 

Education for females was seen as threatening to the status quo and the principle “no knowledge for a female is a virtue” took hold until these ideas became commonplace and accepted throughout the society. Oppression of women was considered to be natural.

For this series I chose to incorporate nude as one of the principle elements, as it symbolizes the vulnerability and helplessness of females living in a society where control is paramount .The nude is also a taboo subject in ancient conservative China and so it is also symbolic of my rebellion and rejection of the feudal system of control. It’s a story of one woman, but also reveals the fate of many millions of women without freedom and rights in the ancient days.

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Artist Talk 17/05/2014 4:00 am
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