Zhang Dali – Squares

5.5-8

Chinese graffiti artist Zhang Dali’s Squares is made up of statues of Chinese migrant works in their daily garb, and free flying doves all in pristine white plaster. The of the series refers to Tiananmen Square, the site of the famous 1989 protest and massacre. 

Dali’s scenes, though realistic in detail are imagined. There are no doves in Tiananmen Square, and there is an obvious juxtaposition between this symbol of peace and freedom and the lives of migrant workers. 

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Images courtesy of the artist. Words: Chris Reed

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