Friday, December 17, 2010

100 Flowers.

100 Flowers. Photographs by Louis Porter. Lozen Up, 2009. 28 pp., 100 colour illustrations, 7x8½".

Book description:

"This book is made up of one hundred photographs of flower beds installed by the Chinese government before the Olympic games.

Its title and images are a play on the 100 Flowers Movement initiated by Communist party chairman Mao Tse Toung.

After the dust of the Communist Revolution had settled, Mao encouraged intellectuals, artists and other thinkers to offer 'healthy criticism' of the government's progress.

When they came forward and expressed concern Mao was furious and began a process that eventually led to the Cultural Revolution."

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