Terracotta Daughters: Parisian Artist Prune Nourry Challenges China’s Policy of Male Superiority

Re-posted Article by Ysabelle Cheung on October 30, 2015 on HYPERALLERGIC

It’s been three years since Parisian artist Prune Nourry began her anthropological investigation into gender selection in China. Back in 2013, Nourry was approached by a team of sociologists from Xi’an Jiaotong University with a plea to address gender issues in China. Nourry’s response was Terracotta Daughters, an army of 116 life-size effigies, eachcrafted in the likeness of one of the eight orphan girls from the NGO she worked with, Children of Madaifu.

Terra Cotta Daughters Gender in China

Over the past two years, the Daughters travelled across China, Europe, and America, and, earlier this week, they returned to their motherland for burial, to be untouched and underground for the next 15 years. Unlike Emperor Qin’s original funerary Terracotta Army, however, the buried Terracotta Daughters serve as a reminder of the living: to the girls whose lives are dictated by a society that favors men, and to the boys who are taught the superiority of their gender. Although news just broke of China’s abandonmentof the decades-old one-child plan, the irrevocable and negative social impact caused by such a policy might take generations to correct — much longer than the 15 years Nourry will put the girls to sleep for.


~ by artpoped on November 2, 2015.

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