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Exhibition Detail
No Plastic Surgery Today
Curated by: Peng Feng
32 Baiziwan Road
Pingod Community, Chaoyang District
100022 Beijing

China


August 26th, 2012 - September 9th, 2012
 
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Han Xiao would like to help people to realize their idea of beauty through modern medical  technological manipulation. According to Hegel’s teaching: Beauty is the adequacy of the Idea to its sensuous form and art is the sensuous form of the Idea, Han Xiao’s surgery of beautifying the body could be a kind of fine art.

Due to the development of new technology, the reality including our body is no longer  unchangeable. The whole world is transforming from “hardware” to “software”. We can  actualize our idea of beauty not only in the fictional art world but also in the everyday life. 
Aestheticians call it the turn of aestheticization. Han Xiao’s performance is one of the results of the aestheticization processes.

If we can alter our body at will, our identity would be open to question. Accordingly, the principles and propositions in politics, law, ethics, and philosophy based on bodyidentity would be alsoopen to question. Han Xiao’s performance would inspire us to think about these questions which are beyond the art circle. Moreover, we should seriously think of how to adapt ourselves to a 
post-human society. 

If we expand the concept of plastic operation from body to spirit and even society, we should  beautify not only our bodies, but also our spirits and societies. In so doing, art is not only  representing the world, but changing it.

Today, there is no plastic operation but art.


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