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There was a time when Chinese artists walked on eggshells for fear of offending the old men of power in Beijing. Now here, in the China Pavilion that is part of the Liverpool Biennale Fringe (until 26 November), one artist, Weng Peijun (pronounced Weng Fen), is building installations from eggshells.
His satirical work 'The Triumphal Arch' depicts the controversial building of the Three Gorges Dam across the Yangtze River, the largest hydroelectric scheme in the world, five times the size of the Hoover Dam. More than a million people are being forcibly relocated; agriculture, fisheries and wildlife are being destroyed.
The installation is made from the most fragile material he could find, eggshells, 20,000 of them: a stunning, ironic metaphor for this act of environmental violence. It demonstrates a new political confidence among Chinese artists. After the repression of the Cultural Revolution, contemporary art is on the move. …