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Thou Shalt Not Self-pollute

Video installation, oil painting and photograph, 2015

“Thou Shalt not Self-pollute” is cited from one chapter of a Chinese version “Dr. Kinsey” (year unknown, published in Hong-Kong around 1970’s). The view of self-pollution (masturbation) being unhealthy responds to the traditional society’s shame about sex. As for the “thou shalt not”, like rumors, its fictional authority or paradox is constructed by the mass media. As a whole, the title conveys people’s struggle between their imagination and the knowledge produced by the media. At the same time, they would also realize the connection between their bodies and the real world. In this media age of “thou shalt not something”, it is through images and physical perception for one to reassess the relationship of mass media, contemporary life, and self-construction.