Bald Girls. Image taken after all three artists shaved their heads at the exhibition opening. Their hair is in three clumps on the floor of the gallery.
Bald Girls at Iberia Center for Contemporary Art.
Iberia is one institution that is willing to push boundaries in the more and more commercial 798 art district. Bald Girls is a three woman show that boldly discusses feminism and gender identity in China. The three artists Li Xinmo, Xiao Lu and Jiny Lan proclaim that this is China’s first feminist art exhibition.
Through a Western perspective, some of these artists’ works and performances might seen dated and not very revolutionary. That is because the West has gone through Women’s Liberation decades ago. China is still very backwards. Most recently, in April 2009, Hillary Clinton again condemned China for its implementation of forced abortion and forced sterilization.