Displacement: The Three Gorges Dam and Contemporary Chinese Art

Displacement continues a series of Smart Museum catalogues produced in conjunction with Wu Hung’s groundbreaking exhibitions of contemporary Chinese art.

Through extensive illustrations, interviews, and a substantial essay by Wu Hung, the publication documents the work and concerns of the artists Chen Qiulin, Yun-Fei Ji, Liu Xiaodong, and Zhuang Hui. Other essays extend consideration to representations of the Three Gorges Dam in film and in contemporary art in the West. Moving beyond any single medium or trend, Displacement offers nuanced, thought-provoking perspectives on an issue of great social, environmental, and global concern.

This exhibition and accompanying catalogue were made possible in part by the generous support of Fred Eychaner and Tommy Yang Guo, Dan Bo, the Elizabeth F. Cheney Foundation, and the Women's Board of the University of Chicago.


Wu Hung with Jason McGrath and Stephanie Smith

Publication date

October 2008


Paper, 160 pages, 100 color plates, 8" x 10.5"



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