Sheng Qi is probably best known for his act of
personal defiance following the events in
Tiananmen Square in June 1989: he cut off the
little finger of his left hand.Since then, he has
incorporated the image and concept of this self-
mutilation into his work, which includes
photography, painting, sculpture and
performance art. His recent work continues in
the vein of subtle but firm subversion and quiet
political protest. My work has always been
controversial. People either like it or feel
uncomfortable... My work is not for
entertainment. It is not to give comfortable
feelings and pleasures. My work is always like a
protest, like a double-edged sword, pointing in
both directions - with an international outlook
and also at problems in China.
He led one of Chinese contemporary art's
earliest performance art group; Concept 21.But
only in 1989, did he drastically fluster people's
mind, when he chose to use his body as a field of
protest.Reportedly distressed by the massacre of
Tiananmen Square, Sheng Qi chopped-off the
pinky on his left hand and buried it in a
flowerpot, which remained in Beijing during his
European exile.He returned to China in 1998,
convinced that he still has much more to say
about his homeland, but come back to Great
Britain.His radical gesture was his definite
starting point to numerous contestations and
questionings on China's omnipresent old
haunting ghosts that he today decides to
crystallize and demystify in his paintings.
It involves more than just the basic facts
like education and work; it portrays my
experience of these life events.
Interviews usually involve a transfer of
information from interviewee to
interviewer, which is usually the primary
purpose, but to the viewers and readers
Activities with kids to introduce them to
the painting and thinking like an artist,
open their minds.
A long and succesfull carreer means a
long list of publications, always in bold
ADDITIONAL INFO and ACTIVITIES
When I cut off my finger, I felt
betrayed. It’s like you know
someone for 20 years then one
day you discover he’s a total liar.
It’s like the church falling down.
You don’t know what to believe,
you are totally...you feel like killing
yourself, because everything you
believed before is just worthless.
Life feels worthless.
- SHENG QI