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Friday, January 30, 2015

Qinmin Arts' "Paper II": Exploring the Relationship Between Paper and Human Nature

Posted By on Fri, Jan 30, 2015 at 9:54 AM

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We use pens and paper to jot down our thoughts, document our days, leave ourselves reminders of events and dates we can’t forget. Paper serves as a medium for us to express ourselves — this medium is especially important for those who have no other way to express themselves than through paper. 

This is the concept on which artist Qinmin Liu’s new show, “Paper II," is based.

(Fun fact: Liu is featured on the cover of our 2015 Winter Arts Guide.)

Following Liu’s June 2014 show “Paper,” which surrounded the audience in paper as the artists modified it in various ways, “Paper II” explores the relation between paper, ink, and the human body.

Liu was inspired to create “Paper II” after reading about high school students in Jefferson County, Colorado, who were protesting proposed changes to their AP U.S. History textbooks after the Jefferson Country school board announced it was planning on censoring the information contained in the textbooks.

“The purpose of paper is to help people express their thoughts freely. However, nowadays it has become a weapon to constrain people's freedom, manipulate society’s beliefs, and blind people’s perspective,” states the "Paper II" Facebook page. “Paper serves as a messenger. It delivers authority and media, but not the voice of the people.”

The show is part of Dance Mission Theater’s D.I.R.T. festival (Dance In Revolting Times), and is occurring on two separate days this weekend: Saturday, January 31 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, February 1 at 7 p.m. Both performances will be held at Dance Mission Theater on 24th St., next to the 24th St. BART station.

Tickets for the show are $20 in advance or $25 at the door.
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