The Splendid River featured Cao Fei’s manuscripts and her novels over the past ten years or more. In the timeline formed with texts and images, the realities around the artist, her thoughts and feelings had been changing constantly. During people’s drifting with the trend in the world, Cao Fei took advantage of writing to create and portray characters. The strangers that passed by everyday, the familiar but suspicious neighbor of ours, the ego that flashed out occasionally as well as the languishing youths and plaintive maidens who were born in the dreams came alive as different roles in Cao Fei’s fiction to reunite. On an unpublished draft, the artist wrote, “The rivers, real and virtual, parallel, converge and overlap.”
The book was published on account for Cao Fei’s eponymous exhibition at the Secession in Vienna.
Building Fifteen 9
“Park Gates” and Beyond 17
Black Ink: The Security Guard 47
The Pretend Couple 87
Do You Have a Belief? 111
The Forking Paths
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