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Ft Imran
Aug 02, 2022
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One of the most striking features of Hou Junming's "Hong Kong Crime and Punishment" is that it appropriates the form of the traditional hell map, but gives it a completely different meaning, presenting the current local political and social issues. This way of expression also has precedents in his previous works, such as "Picture of Bliss Repentance" (1992), which is the first time that Hou Junming has created large-scale prints in a series, using the form of poems from folk temples. But it is by no means a nostalgic application of folk cultural colors. Let me give an example: For example, the "Xingle Tu" in the "Repentance of Bliss", although it seems to have a pictorial signature, but the content telemarketing list is not a fortune-telling fortune-telling, nor does it have a guide for wealth or life, and it involves the issue of homosexuality. . Although the caption in the picture says at the end: "But you should still know each other and cherish each other", which seems to be indicative of an imperative sentence, it does not really have to be what homosexuals should do. Rather, it can be seen that Hou Junming agrees that homosexuals have. Freedom to choose your own way of life. In other words, the appropriation of the form of poems in this work is not an unreflected application, nor does it add a nostalgic flavor to folk traditions, but the use of ordinary people’s culture that was originally judged by the aesthetics of the art academy to be unrefined. Things, use them in their creations, and turn them over, giving them a different subversive connotation. It is more accurate to say that the "Pleasure Picture" is a parody, because it does not imply moral advice or divination guidance, and it does not fully recognize traditional values ​​(such as the issue of homosexuality here), and even has a certain degree of Negative and critical, and with a playful style.
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