tiananmen square

「全民动員粉碎军管 保卫北京」 

June 5, 1989, Beijing, China.

photo: Vincent Yu

anonymous asked:

If the Tiananmen Square protests weren't against Dengism then what were them against ?

I’ve heard a few arguments but I don’t think it matters. Heres what does matter: protesters were encouraged, funded and ARMED by the CIA. These “protesters”, whatever their cause, attacked and brutally murdered several Chinese soldiers. The narrative that the Chinese government cracked down on protest is the message that serves US interest, and is the core of the propaganda. In reality CIA provocateurs created a violent situation and engaged with soldiers. Still, there was no massacre, and nobody even actually died in Tiananmen square. Some protesters were killed in clashes with the soldiers during the day but that happened in nearby streets and buildings. Oh, and the famous tank man photo was actually taken the following day as tanks were leaving the square. The story told in the west hangs various lies and distortions of facts together in a way to make a story that suits imperial interests, from what in reality was a more complex and messy situation. This is what disinformation experts are trained to do and that’s the role they play for empire

Execution by Yue Minjun (岳敏君). 1995.

Widely considered Yue’s most politically divisive work, Execution was inspired by the 1989 protests at Tiananmen Square. In 2007, it became the most expensive artwork sold by a Chinese contemporary artist. Though Yue has been commended as a heroic artist for producing a polemic this precarious, he himself does not view the piece through a political lens. In his words, “I want the audience not to think of one thing or one place or one event. The whole world’s the background. As I said, the viewer should not link this painting to Tiananmen. But Tiananmen is the catalyst for conceiving of this painting.”

The juxtaposition of Yue’s characteristic “laughing-man” figure and the painting’s clear civic derivations is unsettling; it is a tribute to Yue’s independent, avant-garde artistic style. Though Yue is classified as a “Cynical Realist,” he rejects this label, pursuing art as a means of personal ideation rather than a medium of drawing interpretation from others. 

Yue Minjun has previously been featured by sinθ here.

CHINA. Beijing. April to June 1989. A young student protester in Tiananmen Square wears a sign written in English, which reads: I love life, I need food, but I’d rather die [than live] without democracy. “What struck me every day in these early weeks was not so much the connection to their specific demands, but what one encountered walking among these millions,” says Turnley, “a generalized youthful passion for greater freedoms and a better life.”

Photograph: Peter Turnley/Corbis


Peter and David Turnley in Tiananmen Square, 1989.

June 4th marks the 26th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre as Chinese troops cracked down on civilian and student demonstrators holding a pro-democracy and pro-reform occupation in the center of Beijing’s Tiananmen Square. Brothers, identical twins and Corbis contributors, Peter and David Turnley were witnesses to this grave and historical event.


Chen Guang (陳光)

Chen Guang, a Beijing painter, was a soldier in Tiananmen in 1989. He has created a series of works based on his photographs of the June Fourth Incident. Chen Guang was arrested after staging a performance art piece commemorating the 1989 Tiananmen Square incident earlier this month.

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赵赵 Zhao Zhao (b. 1982), Cobblestone, 2007 [Chambers Fine Art, Beijing] | now at MoMA PS1: Zero Tolerance – On view October 26, 2014–April 13, 2015"Informed by Joseph Beuys’s “life is art” principle and influenced by his longtime mentor Ai Weiwei, Zhao seeks to create works using materials that surround him. -Cobblestone- documents a performance in which Zhao used a strong adhesive to glue a rock to the surface of Tiananmen Square in Beijing. The action, imbued with symbolic and visual energy, demonstrates the power of even the smallest irregularity to disrupt the cold, endless grid of the paving stones.“ [photomomaps1

CHINA. Beijing. April to June 1989. Student protesters erect a statue called the goddess of democracy in Tiananmen Square. The statue, which resembled the Statue of Liberty, represented the students’ demands for freedom and democracy.

Photograph: Peter Charlesworth/Lightrocket/Getty