Zhou Yan Contemporary Chinese Art Archive 周彦当代中国艺术档案


为人民服务(工厂) (Serve the People (Factory))


This photograph is part of the artist's "Serve the People" series. The phrase comes from a commonly used Communist slogan, originating in a speech made by Mao Zedong in 1944. In his series, the artist appropriates and repurposes the slogan in a satirical way. In this photo, a banner with the motto is being actively placed within a factory. The complex metal work of the factory interior, the flat banner, and the people create a dynamic visual scene. For more on this series: https://digital.kenyon.edu/zhoudocs/256/ (Nicole Wang '26).


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