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'Desire', Pu Yingwei

2011, oil on canvas, 200 x 200 cm

Artist's statement

The body is the last property of the individual. Even the poorest tramp has his own body, over which he can exercise control. But for a long time, people have connected birth and death with 'life' and not with the 'body' as such. The body has been demoted within the concept of humanity, becoming a completely neutral word. You could say that the notion of the body has been obscured by the meanings and concepts applied on its behalf.
Yet, the body is where life exists. Only in the body do life and all of the associated meanings of life exist. Based on this idea, I started making my work about the history of the body, the body-politic of life, and the transformation of post-modern physiology, trying to explore the body's different states within current society and in history. Desire is an attempt to analyse and examine myself through the body. It expresses the silent state to be found within lust, hope and reality.


Pu Yingwei was born in Taiyuan, Shanxi in 1989. He studied at Sichuan Fine Arts Institute Chongqing 2009-12. Exhibitions/projects include 'New Make-up' completed with students and teachers from Bashu Experiment School 2010,
'Community Lights Life' project Cultural and Education Section British Embassy 2010, 'Daily Rent Goods' Old Street No.1 Gallery Chongqing 2011, 'Autonomy Case' Oorganhaus Art Space Chongqing 2011, ' Where Are We From And Where Do We
Go?' The 18th Oil Painting Department Annual Photograph Exhibition Chongqing 2011, 'We are Facing the Bleak Prosperity'
Second Prize of the Blogger Cup Chongqing 2011, ''Tranquil', 'Tear', '3:20 p.m.'' Second Award in the ' Difference of Latitude' Oil Painting Annual Exhibition Chongqing 2012.