Zhou Yan Contemporary Chinese Art Archive 周彦当代中国艺术档案
Date of Exhibition Event
Location of Exhibition Event
Red Flag Canal, Henan, China
Red concentrated mineral powder, camara, and more
On August 14, 1994, artist Wang and his companions took a train to LinXian, Henan 河南林县, the town where the Red Flag Canal belongs. The following day, on August 14, Wang arrived at the Canal and discarded 25 kilograms of red concentrated mineral powder into the river. Quickly after effects of diffusion, the entire river was dyed in to scarlet red. The "red" Wang employed in this work could work into multiple symbolisms: marriage, felicitation, revolution, and so on. "Wang uses this color to suggest the ways in which something evoking feelings of good fortune might also literally become a pervasive agent of pollution." (Wang, Artist Note on "Flood Fighting", available on Zhou Documents; see also Yip, 王晋：抗洪，2011, Christies, available on https://www.christies.com/zh/lot/lot-5446105). (Jerry Wu'23).