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Popular Memories of the Mao EraFrom Critical Debate to Reassessing History$
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Sebastian Veg

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9789888390762

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888390762.001.0001

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Visual Memory, Personal Experience, and Public History

Visual Memory, Personal Experience, and Public History

The Rediscovery of Cultural Revolution Underground Art*

(p.161) 8 Visual Memory, Personal Experience, and Public History
Popular Memories of the Mao Era
Aihe Wang, Sebastian Veg
Hong Kong University Press

This article introduces an exemplary case of underground culture during the Cultural Revolution – the Wuming (No Name) painting group. The story of this case provides a counter-narrative against mainstream master narratives of the Cultural Revolution, contributing to an alternative history, a history of the creative actors and actions that were constitutive of grassroots change. The article further illustrates the challenges that memory and subjectivity pose for the writing of that history, and some innovative techniques the author has developed in response to them.

Keywords:   Cultural Revolution, underground culture, private art, memory, Wuming painting group

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