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WU Yuren

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Imperial Criminal Series

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Wu Yuren’s conceptual photography, live art performances and installations illustrate his desire to “make art that both reflects and speaks to the peculiarities of the times”. *

In the Imperial Criminal (2001) series Wu displays twelve passport-like blue tinted photographs of people with fluorescent brands stamped on their foreheads. Based on crimes from ancient times, his or her crime is exposed when the brand is placed under ultra-violet light. Wu attempts to ‘transform the new terms of legality and morality into a modern form’. **

*Luna Fenichel, Cultural Capital: Seminal Construction, Feb 2006, www.

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