Chinese Artists Locked Down

Artist Wu Guoyong

As much of the world locks down in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic, many people are experiencing the boredom and uncertainty that was the province of mainland China during the initial outbreak, a period now popularly dubbed “zui chang de guonian”, or the longest spring festival.

For those quarantined in their flats, it was a time when bad news, local and national, had to be digested over long days living in the shadow of this terrifying new disease. Some found light relief playing dinner-table ping pong or living-room badminton, videos of which have since gone viral on social media. But for China’s creative classes, the worry, anger, horror and hope inevitably mani­fested into works of art produced in the confines of their homes.

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