The ancient terracotta army in Xi’An, Shaanxi province may be a mindblowing sight to behold, but the fact remains that they all happen to be men. New York-based French artist Prune Nourry has recently exhibited her “Terracotta Daughters” show in Mexico City, which aimed to raise issues of gender preferences in China by appropriating the famous Terracotta soldiers to create 108 life-size sculptures of female Terracotta warriors.
The exhibition has also travelled to Shanghai, Paris, Zurich and New York, and will be returned to China after this Mexico City stop to be buried till 2030 for the creation of a “contemporary archeological site”.
Each terracotta daughter weighs about 260 pounds and measures close to 5 feet tall. Their uniforms are modelled after orphan girls’ school uniforms, and they sport modern, contemporry hairstyles. They bear genial expressions in stark contrast to the stoic expressions of their male counterparts.
In 2006, Norwegian artist Marian Heyerdahl also created 70 female terracotta warriors in a bid to express her anti-war stance. A British artist also somehow managed to recreate the terracotta warriors out of pizza dough this year. Looks like these terracotta figures will continue to be a subject of artistic fascination for a long, long time.
Pictures via NetEase.