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Xiaoda Xiao: Prison Paintings

July 12, 2010

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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 Xiao’s book The Visiting Suit: Stories From My Prison Life. Xiao completed these paintings to accompany the book’s release.

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“The Visiting Suit,” the book’s cover image

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“Arrest”

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“Solitary”

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“Release”

See the rest of Xiao’s paintings at Two Dollar Radio’s blog.

Read an excerpt from The Visiting Suit: Stories From My Prison Life published in a recent issue of Guernica Magazine here.

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