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Curated by: Elettra Stamboulis

The show

The exhibition CHINA (NOT) IS NEAR. Badiucao - works by a dissident artist is the first solo show dedicated to Badiucao, pseudonym of the Chinese artist-activist known for his art of protest, currently working in exile in Australia. The exhibition itinerary traces Badiucao's artistic activity, from the beginnings to the most recent works that were born in response to the health crisis triggered by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Badiucao, often known as the Chinese Banksy, has established himself on the international stage thanks to social media, through which he spreads his art all over the world - his twitter account @badiucao is followed by more than 80 thousand people -, and constantly challenges the Chinese government and censorship. His artistic-political vocation was born in 2007, when, as a law student at the University of Shanghai, he saw the documentary The Gate of Heavenly Peace, a clandestine film directed by Carma Hinton and Richard Gordon about the Tiananmen Square protests. The artist develops a firm decision to speak out on the front line against any form of ideological and moral control exercised by political power, in favor of the transmission of a non-plagiarized historical memory. His political commitment is realized, in fact, in the creation of participatory campaigns, billboards in public places, illustrations and online activities, often built with a visual language that ironically evokes the pop spirit of communist propaganda, tracing its graphic style, colors and tones. .

Thanks to his blog, social media and organized communication campaigns, Badiucao from Australia has carried on his resistance activity, becoming the only channel not filtered by government control capable of broadcasting the stories of the citizens of Wuhan during the lockdown of the 2020.


Works on display

Timetable and tickets


Via dei Musei, 81/b
25121 Brescia


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