If the Old Won’t Go, the New Won’t Come

A mirror project to Chinese contemporary culture


If the Old Won’t Go, the New Won’t Come project is a mirror to Chinese contemporary culture. This juxtaposed Chinese idiom: 推陈出新 (“If the old won’t go, the new won’t come”) by Han Xin from Han dynasty (approximately 200BC) questions the current state of Chinese culture and its destructive drive and hunger for capitalism. The statement is a reminder that progress is inevitable and in some places it is inevitable regardless of consequences.

Medium: vinyl on the wall
Presented at: Blank: Making Life, Inside Out, Beijing China, 2009



I work multidisciplinary across experimental art, facilitation, design and photography. I explore strategies and formats of how to engage myself and others in an exchanging dialogue.

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