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.”
My first solo exhibition is coming in Hong Kong, the city of resistance and hope.
Opening night on Nov.3
See more info from the link @HongKongFP https://t.co/3f6mu96c8c…
首个个展 #Gongle #共歌 即将在港开幕，欢迎来玩哟。 pic.twitter.com/hnIDckJFKN
— 巴丢草 Badiucao (@badiucao) October 13, 2018
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.