Liu Ding, Gravestone for Rumour Mongers, 2008.
Installation, steel, acrylic, paper, Size: variable
Due to the start of the season of all Frankfurt galleries the gallery is also opened at Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
This work is based on a very unpleasant personal experience. Beginning from April, 2008, I was viciously attacked on a Chinese art-related website.
The anonymous postings started with spreading lies and slanders about my works and escalated over a short period of time into full-fledged namecalling and foul attacks on my character, private life and even my family members. The accusations were unfounded and the language used was extremely malicious and disturbing. A total act of violence.
I took the difficult decision not to respond to any of it and remain silent because I realized that by responding to it, I would only be helping my attackers and furthermore contributing to such a form of Internet violence.
The anonymity of the Internet has made it easy for people to pronounce their thoughts but when fallen into the hands of someone with a vicious intent, it could become a deadly weapon.
I also realize that the fact that such hateful and destructive attacks and accusations have been launched to jeopardize someone's professional and personal life is no longer a personal matter. The existence of fair-minded public opinions is important and should be valued but the same mechanisms and platforms that guarantee the possibility of public opinions could also be manipulated and used by those with dark agendas. What should be the function of such public opinions that are originated from professional rivalry, personal emotional outbreak, and private inferiority? How should they be contained?
And this is where I would like to open the discussion to the public through this project.¯