Chinese-Australian political artist and cartoonist Badiucao will present the world premiere of his never-before-seen exhibition Made in Hong Kong, Banned in China – previously titled Gongle – following its cancellation in Hong Kong in 2018. Badiucao is one of the most popular and prominent political artists in China, creating work that confronts a variety of social and political issues, which has been used by organisations such as Amnesty International and Freedom House. He originally kept his identity a secret at the start of his career, acquiring the nickname “China’s Banksy”.
In this world premiere exhibition – Badiucao blends together portraits of political leaders, exhibits of torture equipment and iconic Hong Kong neon to reconstruct metaphors anew. Made in Hong Kong, Banned in China paints a suffocating reality as Badiucao’s biting cartoons find a physical form. Through this hyperbole and piercing satire, purposeful misrepresentation can find new forms of expression.