Cui Xiuwen, Angel No. 4, 2006
Cui Xiuwen's work focuses on women in today's China. Since the late Nineties her series of digital photos are filled with references to her own childhood, adolescence and sexuality. Her current works – as our example "Angel No.4" from 2006 – feature an actress, who is duplicated in a number of different poses.
The "Angel" series addresses the problems of young pregnant women who can only picture abortion as a solution to their situation. It is the backdrop of the Forbidden City and the ostensibly graceful and traditional way in which the women are depicted that welcomes the spectator. Posture and gesture however reveal their doubts and fears.