'This book is concerned with socially engaged art projects in the Chinese countryside, with the artists and intellectuals who are involved, the villagers they meet and the local authorities with whom they negotiate. In recent years an increasing number of urban artists have turned towards the countryside in an attempt to revive rural areas perceived to be in a crisis. The vantage point of this book is the Bishan Commune. In 2010, Ou Ning drafted a notebook entitled Bishan Commune: How to Start Your Own Utopia. The notebook presents a utopian ideal of life based on anarchist Peter Kropotkin's idea of mutual aid. In 2011 the Commune was established in Bishan Village in Anhui Province. The main questions of this book thus revolve around how an anarchist, utopian community unfolds to the backdrop of the political, social and historical landscape of rural China, or more directly: How do you start your own utopia in the Chinese countryside?' - excerpted from the book back

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Onsite

author

Mai CORLIN

publisher

Palgrave Macmillan

Location code REF.COM
Language

English

Publication/Creation date

2020

No of pages

225

ISBN / ISSN

9789811557972

No of copies

1

Content type

monograph

The Bishan Commune and the Practice of Socially Engaged Art in Rural China
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The Bishan Commune and the Practice of Socially Engaged Art in Rural China

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