"Empress Cixi's Dowry" (慈禧太后的嫁妆)
"Empress Cixi's Dowry" by island6 Art Collective (Liu Dao)
// BLURB //
In ancient times, dowry was not only a considerable amount of money to provide a lifetime security for the bride, but it was also the only way for a woman to get a share of the family assets. Some women, however, had nothing to get, but were eager to climb high. A Manchu girl named Yehonala was a daughter of an ordinary official in a family where she could never get what she wanted. She desired more than a mere status of wife, left to dust the family porcelain. At the age of sixteen, she was one of the few young girls chosen to be among the emperor’s concubines. The Forbidden City became a prison to most who managed to enter, but Yehonala used the chance to expand her world. She read and learned everything she could to gain power, but becoming more powerful than the emperor would require a little luck. She was the only one among the emperor’s wives and concubines who was able to have a son for him, securing her own high status for half a century afterwards.
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Unique Edition, Shanghai 2016-2018
RGB LED display, acrylic painting on relief Plexiglass cutout, paper collage, teakwood frame
102(W)×102(H)×5.5(D) cm // 36.6 kg
• SLC SD Card
• 5×ELN-30-5 (INPUT 100~240VAC@0.75A / OUTPUT 5V@5A)
• 1×MWLPV20-5 (INPUT 100~240VAC@0.55A / OUTPUT 5V@3A)
• 10×RGB P5-2525-8S-HL1.0 / D180580
115(W)×115(H)×18(D) cm // 69.2 kg
Fathers Of My Father” at island6 Shanghai Main Space​​​​​​​
Yeung Sin Ching 杨倩菁 (performance & production supervisor) • Ryan Nimmo (painting) • Thomas Charvériat (art direction & animation) • András Gál (blurb)

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