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The only person in the world who won't harm you is your child, so you must be obedient.

ARTIST Yingming Chen
CREATION TIME 2023
MATERIAL Oil on Linen
SIZE 30x42x2.5cm

INTRODUCTION


The work flips the power dynamic between parents and children by asking participants to fill out a suggestion form with their parents' information, grading their behaviour and outlining plans for the next ten years.

The work flips the power dynamic between parents and children by asking participants to fill out a suggestion form with their parents' information, grading their behaviour and outlining plans for the next ten years. By placing participants in the role of the "Dominator" with the perceived legitimacy of acting "for their own good," the work is trying to raise questions about the nature of freedom and domination. The concept of freedom extends more than "Negative Freedom" and " Positive Freedom", but also includes the individual's status and the absence of domination by higher-level authorities. Yet, all too often, those in positions of power use the excuse of "it's for your own good" to impose totalitarian control in the name of freedom. This work challenges this notion of domination, not only in the relationship between parents and children but also in the relationship between state and nation, in a deeply ironic way.

CONTENT


Mandy - Image
Mandy - Image