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China: Hong Kong exhibition cancelled after ‘threats’ by Chinese authorities

5 November 2018
An exhibition by dissident Chinese-born artist Badiucao has been cancelled following alleged threats relating to the artist by Chinese authorities.
Photo: Badiucao / Instagram

 

An exhibition in Hong Kong by dissident Chinese-Australian artist Badiucao was cancelled by organisers on 2 November 2018 following “threats made by the Chinese authorities”.

Badiucao’s work challenges censorship and dictatorship in China, often satirising President Xi Jinping.

“We are sorry to announce that the exhibition ‘Gongle,’ by Chinese artist Badiucao, has been cancelled out of safety concerns,” organisers Hong Kong Free Press, Amnesty International & Reporters Without Borders said in a statement

“The decision follows threats made by the Chinese authorities relating to the artist. Whilst the organisers value freedom of expression, the safety of our partners remains a major concern. 

“We regret having to make this decision, and hope there will be a chance for public to see Badiucao’s work in future.”

His first international solo exhibition, Gongle, was set to open on 3 November in Hong Kong with a question-and-answer session with members of Russian punk band Pussy Riot, Hong Kong democracy activist Joshua Wong and local political artist Sampson Wong.

The exhibition was meant to mark the start of Free Expression Week.

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