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Title

15 Gunshots...From 1989 to 2003

2003
2018, printed later

Artist

Xiao Lu

China, Australia

Apr 1962 –

Alternate image of 15 Gunshots...From 1989 to 2003 by Xiao Lu
Alternate image of 15 Gunshots...From 1989 to 2003 by Xiao Lu
Alternate image of 15 Gunshots...From 1989 to 2003 by Xiao Lu
Alternate image of 15 Gunshots...From 1989 to 2003 by Xiao Lu
Alternate image of 15 Gunshots...From 1989 to 2003 by Xiao Lu
Alternate image of 15 Gunshots...From 1989 to 2003 by Xiao Lu
Alternate image of 15 Gunshots...From 1989 to 2003 by Xiao Lu
Alternate image of 15 Gunshots...From 1989 to 2003 by Xiao Lu
Alternate image of 15 Gunshots...From 1989 to 2003 by Xiao Lu
Alternate image of 15 Gunshots...From 1989 to 2003 by Xiao Lu
Alternate image of 15 Gunshots...From 1989 to 2003 by Xiao Lu
Alternate image of 15 Gunshots...From 1989 to 2003 by Xiao Lu
Alternate image of 15 Gunshots...From 1989 to 2003 by Xiao Lu
Alternate image of 15 Gunshots...From 1989 to 2003 by Xiao Lu
Alternate image of 15 Gunshots...From 1989 to 2003 by Xiao Lu
  • Details

    Alternative title
    15 枪 ......从1989到2003
    Place where the work was made
    China
    Dates
    2003
    2018, printed later
    Media category
    Print
    Materials used
    15 black and white digital prints, framed and then punctured by bullets
    Edition
    12/15
    Dimensions
    display dimensions variable :

    a - photograph, 100 x 45 x 30 cm

    b - photograph, 100 x 45 x 30 cm

    c - photograph, 100 x 45 x 30 cm

    d - photograph, 100 x 45 x 30 cm

    e - photograph, 100 x 45 x 30 cm

    f - photograph, 100 x 45 x 30 cm

    h - photograph, 100 x 45 x 30 cm

    j - photograph, 100 x 45 x 30 cm

    k - photograph, 100 x 45 x 30 cm

    m - photograph, 100 x 45 x 30 cm

    n - photograph, 100 x 45 x 30 cm

    o - photograph, 100 x 45 x 30 cm

    i - photograph, 100 x 45 x 30 cm

    l - photograph, 100 x 45 x 30 cm

    Credit
    Purchased with funds provided by the Asian Collection Benefactors Program and the Photography Collection Benefactors’ Program 2019
    Location
    20th-century galleries (lower level 1)
    Accession number
    188.2019.a-o
    Copyright
    © Xiao Lu

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    Xiao Lu

    Works in the collection

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  • About

    In Beijing’s National Art Gallery on 5 February 1989, Xiao Lu fired a handgun at her installation Dialogue. Part of the first official exhibition of ’unofficial’ art in post-Mao China, Dialogue was about communication difficulties between a man and a woman, with the gunshots intended to contribute ’destructive energy’. Following the shooting, the exhibition was temporarily closed. Xiao Lu turned herself in and was later released. A few months later, in the aftermath of the student-led protests at Tiananmen Square in June 1989, Xiao Lu fled to Sydney.

    15 gunshots... from 1989 to 2003 can be seen as a sequel to Dialogue. Bidding farewell to 15 years of feeling betrayed and suppressed, Xiao Lu fired at the 15 framed photographs, each showing her posed with a pistol, to mark a new phase of creative practice. ’In 2003 I made the decision to look back and face my audience,’ said Xiao Lu. ’For the fifteen years since Dialogue I have had my back to the audience but at that time I wanted to meet their gaze. I felt that I must face their scrutiny, face the repercussions of those 1989 gunshots and face the past fifteen years.’

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    China

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition