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About The Event
Yang Xiaomin is a famous artist from Nanjing, China. In some of his works, he depicts himself as a tiny cochineal beetle sitting on the end of a twig, looking out on his landscapes. Cochineal red (foreign red in China) first arrived on the trade routes from Mexico in the late 1500s and was the most expensive and prestigious colour for clothing, tapestries and carpets.
In traditional Chinese landsape ink paintings, the landscape often looms massive and men are tiny characters therein. The Chinese who admire these paintings will seek out the tiny characters to examine how meticulously they have been portrayed and marvel at the small details they find.
Portraying the viewer as a tiny, precious, little beetle is something to amuse and for the audience to find the meaning within