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Title: ‘Happiness Hefei’: public art and rural–urban citizenship struggles in transitional China
Authors: Ding, Yannan ×
Schuermans, Nick #
Issue Date: 31-Oct-2012
Publisher: Routledge
Series Title: Social & Cultural Geography vol:13 issue:7 pages:719-733
Abstract: On 8–9 May 2010, a deprived chengzhongcun (urban village) in the city of Hefei hosted a session of the Second Hefei Contemporary Art Biennale. In this article, we focus on the artistic practices and the online and offline discussions that they evoked. Drawing upon literature on citizenship, public art, public space and public pedagogy, we analyse the exhibition and its social and political potentialities. Looking at a case study in a country where fear of an aggressive crackdown is part and parcel of the psychology of urban protest, we reflect upon the pedagogical potential of public art in the struggle for equal rights to housing, education and urban space. By paying special attention to the geographical and the pedagogical dimensions of this extraordinary event, we demonstrate that public art can play a role in Chinese citizenship struggles.
ISSN: 1464-9365
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Department of Architecture - LUCA
Division of Geography
× corresponding author
# (joint) last author

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