Selected from a recent major gift of works to the Hammer Contemporary Collection by the Haudenschild family, this exhibition focuses on pioneering the Chinese photography and video from the 1990s and 2000s. Cruel Youth Diary looks at a generation of artists whose work responded to a period of tremendous social, political, and economic change in mainland China. Through strategies of Conceptual art, performance, and installation, these artists reflected on and critiqued the visual culture of a bureoning new China on the cusp of the 21st century.

Featuring works by Cao Fei, Chen Shaoxing, Feng Megbo, Hong Hao, Kan Xuan, Liu Wei, Shi Yong, Song Tao, Weng Fen (also known as Weng Peijun), Xiang Liqing, Yang Fudong, Yang Yong, Yang Zhenzhong, XuZhen, Zhao Bandi, and Zhu Jia.



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