Lam Yuk Fai

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The Last Dynasty

The Last Dynasty   |   1989   |   Manual Retouching   |   60 x 45cm

The setting of this work is the Palace of Ch'ien Ch'ing, where the emperor of the Ch'ing dynasty (the last dynasty of China), and his officials operated their daily administration. The current leaders of China are seen lining up at the center of this photograph, with Deng Xiaoping smugly taking the seat in the middle. All of them were dressed in the official costumes of the Ch'ing dynasty with boastful smiles. Their glamorous look are framed by parallelism, donating the "Four Principles of Communist China". The artist deliberately added three words at the beginning of each sentence. However, taking the first word of each phrase and read from the right to left, it meant "Sabotaging the Country; devastating the people".

According to the artist, the inception for creating "The Last Dynasty of China" actually stemmed up before the "June Fourth" massacre. He nevertheless suspended such an idea because he did not want to draw conclusions prematurely. It was until the artist witnessed the "June Fourth" massacre, his repressed outrage mobilized him to commence the print. As an artist form Hong Kong, he hoped to express his disapproval of the Chinese ruthless bureaucracy and also a warning to the society.