Xiao Lu, 15 Gunshots... From 1989 to 2003 (2003). 15 black and white digital prints, framed and then punctured by a bullet. 100 x 45 x 15cm. Printed in 2018, edition 12/15. Photos: Li Songsong. Exhibition view: Xiao Lu: Impossible Dialogues, 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, Sydney (19 January–24 March 2019). Courtesy the artist. Photo: Kai Wasikowski (2019), for 4A Center for Contemporary Asian Art.
Thirty years ago in Beijing, on the eve of Chinese New Year, contemporary Chinese artist Xiao Lu made her artistic debut by firing a shotgun at her installation Dialogue. Ever since, these famous shots have reverberated on multiple political levels, often noted as an important feminist moment in contemporary Chinese art, and as the first shots of Tiananmen Square (which occurred four months later).