When Xiaoda Xiao was twenty years old, he was sent to a forced labor prison in his native China for defacing a portrait of Chairman Mao. He spent seven years working in a stone quarry as a part of a labor reform brigade. In November, Two Dollar Radio will release The Visiting Suit: Stories From My Prison Life, Xiao’s memoir about his arrest, sentence, and release. We posted an excerpt of Xiao’s book in June, followed by a series of paintings that accompany the book’s release. Below is a documentary short that features Xiao’s reflections on his experiences in labor prison.
Nixon’s Nose In Maoist China, a political prisoner feels his way through a Kafkaesque tableau of rumors, betrayal, interrogation, and execution.
Xiaoda Xiao: Prison Paintings Artist Xiaoda Xiao spent seven years in a forced labor prison in his native China for defacing a portrait of Chairman Mao. He completed following works to accompany the release of his new book.
Brothers in Arts Evading Chinese censorship, the Gao Brothers challenge authority through sculpture, painting, performance, and photography.
Close-Up The photorealist painter on how art collided with his learning disability, his first paintings after paralysis, and why you shouldn’t think he’s an asshole.