The Human Being and Woman from the Perspective of Cao Yu

The Human Being and Woman from the Perspective of Cao Yu
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In her latest personal exhibition, Cao Yu explores themes tied to gender, sexuality and maternity, utilising an intense aesthetic rife with meaning on both a personal and universal level. A fossil from the Ice Age - the enormous bone from the leg of a mammoth found in the far Northeast of the Chinese province of Heilongjiang - is the protagonist, along with the umbilical chord that once linked her to her firstborn in the piece Nothing Can Ensure that We Will Meet Again (Ice Age - 2014), one of the more powerful offerings both aesthetically and conceptually. In this work, representative of the power of the entire show, Cao Yu asks us to take on our most profound fears, such as death, the departure from the earthly world and our most intimate desires, such as the will to establish an eternal and everlasting bond with those we love. Works like Dragon Head and Femme Fatale consider, instead, the necessity to re-evaluate all the expectations of womanhood, subverting stereotypes and roles that, in most cases, are merely male inventions. The series Everything is Left Behind is inspired by the personal experience of the artist and a series of reprimands received firsthand regarding the values that a woman should hold dear and maintain and which, in this case, bound off the canvas like fresh wounds.
Manuela Lietti - © 2021 ARTE.it for Bulgari Hotel Beijing