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09/09/2022 - 28/09/2022

New Work - Drawing


Gaojie - Lockdown Diary

Tue-Sat: 12-6pm

Tabula Rasa Gallery is pleased to present "Lockdown Diary", a series of highly relevant drawings by the Shanghai-based artist Gao Jie.

On 31 March this year, Gao Jie's last view of the outside world was his beslippered left foot withdrawing from the doormat as he pulled the front door shut. For 20 million people, what began as a 4-day lockdown was repeatedly extended to an eventual length of two months, now known as the Shanghai Lockdown of 2022.

Some of these drawings reflect Gao's personal experiences, while most bear historical witness to social media events people in Shanghai and beyond tracked and shared obsessively during the lockdown. Many of these events have burned into China's national consciousness, and many viewers will instantly recognise Gao's simple line drawings.


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