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College Girl Covers Chinese Artist’s Naked Body with Hickeys

Chinese performance artist Kang Yi criticizing attitudes toward love in modern Chinese society.

Chinese performance artist Kang Yi criticizing attitudes toward love in modern Chinese society.

From Fetion:

Hickeys all over naked guy: Hardcore! Female college students leave hundreds of hickeys on naked guy

He is almost completely naked, with some tree roots tied to his hair hanging down to his ankles, both hands bound to a wooden pile stretched open, standing in a cross, with roasted chickens hanging off both ends of the wooden pole and his private parts; She silently leaves hundreds of hickeys on his chest, abdomen, and arms. He says this is performance art, to criticize today’s attitudes towards love that seek only pleasure without taking responsibility.

[Above] At around 12 noon on 2012 December 22, in a Xiaozhou Village auditorium in Haizhu district of Guangzhou, performance artist Kang Yi staged this performance art of receiving hickeys all over his nearly nude body. After about one and half hours, the girl picked up three basins of water that were in front of the stage, and splashed them on Kang Yi’s body, his shivering with cold ending this piece of performance art early when it was originally planned to continue for two and a half hours.

Chinese performance artist Kang Yi criticizing attitudes toward love in modern Chinese society.

The girl leaving the hickeys is Miss Liu, a second-year art student at a certain Hunan province art college, who was invited to perform this piece of performance art with Kang Yi. She says the hickeys were “sucked out one by one”, that originally she was to leave 1000 hickeys, but because the weather was too cold, they had to end it early. As an art student, she strongly supports the idea that Kang Yi wants to express, believing that people should “pursue pure love”.

Chinese performance artist Kang Yi criticizing attitudes toward love in modern Chinese society.

Kang Yi claims the tree roots on his hair represent the elapse of time, the baked chicken symbolizing women, while the act of leaving hickeys is an expression of sexual/carnal desire, the entire process conveying “a criticism of the messy and twisted values toward love”. The reason for choosing to end with being splashed with water is because the weather is rather cold, “there is inevitably some reaction to contact from a female’s body”, so splashing water represents “having to make a decision between ice and fire, between desire and abstinence”. Through this piece of work, he calls for today’s young men and women to seek the true love of Chinese tradition.

Chinese performance artist Kang Yi criticizing attitudes toward love in modern Chinese society.

This piece of performance art drew a crowd of onlookers. Most of them said they “don’t know what he’s trying to say”. After being told what the intention of the artist is, Miss Jin thinks this is just “what one tells oneself” [one’s own interpretation or rationalization], also suggesting that “art meant for the public ought to be easily understood by everyone before it can be popular and spread its message”.

Comments on Fetion:

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王小扬:

Damn! Vomit, maybe if he were handsome, but [when he’s] this ugly.

蒋小姐: (responding to above)

I’m disgusted just looking at the pictures.

郑苹: (responding to 王小扬)

There are more and more deviant/perverse things these days.

董娟:

Can you really kiss [this kind of ugly naked guy]?

自考大专一年通过:

Taking ignorance as art.

李洳菥:

Who would still want this girl?

飞信用户657820:

Pathetic much? What an empty expression/performance!

王琦:

Stupid! That’s art? Should be stopped/censored…

库娃碧咸:

Truly TMD disgusting…

邱晓龙:

This is our countrymen’s so-called art.

郭冰(花卷儿):

The roasted chicken represents women, faint!

小女子:

[China] is becoming more and more like Japan.

飞信用户:

Detrimental to public morals!

陈建:

What is this woman thinking? Art??? Humph! Trash…

魏程鹏:

Using [the guise of] art to do something crazy [ridiculous], you sure are niubi.

陈璐:

Dammit, everything is art now, and representing women as chickens, he should be hung on a cross to be kissed.

孔令元:

These are two dogs without humanity.

ggg:

So stupid! Talk about having nothing better to do? Think of your parents and go to do something more meaningful, what a waste of all that education…

张叶:

Only he knows what this is about.

快乐小子:

For a publicity stunt, doesn’t know shame.

稻谷:

Unbelievable.

♂準♀:

What the hell is this… So hanging some roasted chicken and not wearing clothes can represent love? Fuck! I have no idea what this is about!

++我是一只平安鸽啊!:

Only by seeing clearly can one not lose their way in the future!

渔夫:

“He says this is performance art, to criticize today’s attitudes towards love that seek only pleasure without taking responsibility.”
Firstly, courage is good.
Secondly, what attitude towards love is he referring to?
Thirdly, is that girl his girlfriend or a girlfriend he wants to marry? If not, would the girl’s kisses be contradictory to the idea/concept he’s trying to express?
Fourthly, I’m still in support of performance art. However, it seems many performance art is just the art of men and women taking off their clothes, perhaps to express the cleansing of people’s spirits.
I had a dirty thought there.
A thousand readers have a thousand Hamlets [interpretations], I am just one of them.

丿萍凡丶生活 灬:

What can this change? And how many people can change?

会飞的女人:

Vomit. A profanity of art.

杜静:

I agree with the artist’s point of view. This kind of attention-grabbing method really attracts eyeballs. Only this kind of thing can maximize the spread of a message… The explanation is also very well done… I support him.

华尔捷物流:

No medicine can save this one. I’m just confused, why didn’t the apocalypse come? People like this truly ought to return to the furnace [be remade].

What do you think? Roasted chickens?

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