Feb 14, 2019
Feb 14, 2019

East Village No. 20

East Village No. 20


Rong Rong 榮榮

(Chinese, b. 1968)

Gelatin silver print (printed 2005)

Image: 38.4 x 55 cm (15 1/8 x 21 5/8 in.)

Purchased with funds from an anonymous donor 2018.19

Edition: Edition 11/12



Rong Rong’s image imbues Zhang Huan with stoic calm as he performs 12 Square Meters. Zhang spent an hour sitting naked, covered with honey, soy sauce, and flies in the filthiest latrine in Beijing’s East Village on a 100-degree day. The performance comments on the deplorable local sanitary conditions, the sufferings of the poor in China, and the political situation in that country in the 1990s.

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