Sex performance lands Chinese artist in labor camp

The Chinese government has been at the center of an art censorship controversy

Cheng Li, a Chinese performance artist, was sentenced to one year of “reeducation through labor” for an explicit sex public performance on March 20.

Cheng, whose attorney applied for administrative reconsideration last week, had performed “Art Whore,” in which he and a female partner engaged in unsimulated sex acts before a private audience at the Contemporary Art Exhibition Hall in Beijing. The performance included “sex scenes on a balcony and in a basement of the exhibition hall,” reports China’s Global Times.

One unambiguous photo of the performance has been circulating, but it is unclear how many people actually saw the acts; Cheng’s case hinges on convincing the notoriously ironhanded Chinese judiciary that his performance, open only to a select group of invited artists, was not intended to create a disturbance and was not harmful to society. The Chinese government has been at the center of another art censorship controversy since April 3, when renowned artist and political dissident Ai Weiwei was taken into custody.

As for Cheng’s message, the artist stated that “the popular trend of commercializing art is nothing but a trade of sex for commercial benefits.”

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4 Comments

  1. Truth, Justice, Love, Peace and Unity
    May 11, 2011

    It is not a matter of supporting the One China Policy for we know what this entails, dictatorship government and oppression of its people.
    However, I applaud and endorse the Chinese government for taking this stand against such immorality which can tarnish the minds of adults and children alike.
    All democratic governments should learn from this. Some people in the democratic world think they have rights to strut their immoral stuff in the public domain and participating in same as they lobby the government and demonstrate to have their immoral practices legislated. I need not elaborate on this any further.
    They should keep their immoral lifestyle and practices behind closed doors and do not bring it out in the arena of the world. They project a bad example.
    Rest assured that as it is stated in Holy Scriptures of the Old Testament, it is not hidden from God. They cannot hide from Him. He sees what they are doing and they will receive their just recompense in time. Thanks be to God.

  2. moi
    May 11, 2011

    Fascinating. Now can we have some local news please?

  3. forkit
    May 11, 2011

    they jailing their people for it but they can pay for it for caribbean ministers and prime ministers. LOL!

  4. Hugo Grotius
    May 11, 2011

    :lol: We Support the One China Policy!

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