Friday, October 3, 2008

Zhu Yu (artist)

Zhu Yu is a performance artist living in Beijing, China. His work deals with subjects of morality.

Yu's most famous piece of conceptual art, titled "Eating People," was performed at a Shanghai arts festival in 2000. It consisted of a series of of him cooking and eating what is alleged to be a human fetus. One picture, via e-mail in 2001, provoked investigations by both the and Scotland Yard. In response to the public reaction, Mr. Yu stated, "No religion forbids cannibalism. Nor can I find any law which prevents us from eating people. I took advantage of the space between morality and the law and based my work on it". Close scrutinization of the picture would seem to indicate that it was in fact assembled from the head of a doll attached to the body of a duck, though this cannot be proven.

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