China Tracy, What Are You Doing Here?


China Tracy, What Are You Doing Here?  

Cao Fei

Cao Fei

cao_fei shoes

China Tracy you are Beloved by The Alien!  Like Smilin’ Iti (Me), China Tracy pops up everywhere and in Second Life she is the Second skin of artist Cao Fei.  The Alien was Smiling Huge over her a Sunday feast of her art, having seen too much art from China with mixed feelings. CF is thankfully the right probing mix beyond “cute” dredged up iconographic repeats of Western art in an angst filled stew sprinkled with symbols of China.  Just saying it makes my four stomachs queasy.

In RMB City, she has built a Luc Besson plus plus worthy utopian city playing with identity and community. Here is her day to night lullaby to her city and another snappy lil youtube piece here.

cao fei second skin

cao fei city

What are you doing here? is her series allowing factory workers full reign of their fantasties, ideas, hopes and dreams.  Companies such as Siemens Art Program and OSRAM China Lighting Ltd. in China let their workers become everything from a ballerina with the wings of an angel amid a manufacturing room’s work benches to a group of young men playing electric guitars in a vast hall.  

The Alien sees herself in this pose and dress in the Ikea warehouse after eating the Swedish “ish” meatballs.


YOU!…China Tracy!  Cao Fei!  Whomever You May Be! will forever make an alien stuck in the body of a stripper named Chelsea Nicole… smile a second, third and twelve thousand and tenth skin-boundary busting smile.

See this video on art 21 blog.

Cao Fei is represented by Lombard Freid Projects in New York.

Business as Usual at the Henry Art Gallery in Seattle until October 4th, 2009

Dress Codes: The Third ICP Triennial of Photography and Video International Center of Photography in New York from October 2, 2009 to January 17, 2010;

Her project in Second Life, RMB City, is on view and online 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.


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