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Censorship of Tiananmen Square photograph in Shanghai

Officials ask M97 gallery to remove work

At last month's Sh Contemporary art fair in Shanghai, the city's Cultural Bureau asked for one work to be taken down, a photomontage by Chi Peng of a gorilla looming over Tiananmen Square, on the stand of M97, a Shanghai-based gallery specialising in Chinese photography. Slightly later, an official came round and thanked Steven Harris, the gallery owner, very politely for having co-operated and said that it was a sensitive time, what with the 18th Party Congress and a new leader emerging. He went on to say, however, that he was pleased that it was a friend of his, another official, who was buying the work for $35,000.

Originally appeared in The Art Newspaper as ‘Censorship in Shanghai'