Bywater Bros. Editions

Zhang Dali

A Second History,
Mao Zedong and Deng Xiaoping,
1974 (1978/2005)

Published by Bywater Bros. Editions and
Presentation House Gallery, 2012
Set of 2 light jet prints on archival paper
20.5 x 14 inches / 52 x 35.6 cm (each)

Signed and numbered edition of 26, plus 3 APs

Released in conjunction with the artist book A Second History, Lynn Valley 7

In this edition, Beijing-based artist, Zhang Dali, provides an example of photographic manipulation carried out by the Chinese government during the regime of Mao Tse-tung (1949–76). Using a compare and contrast format these prints present an original, unmodified image of Mao Tse-tung (Zedong) and Deng Xiaoping alongside its doctored doppelgänger. This image, like many others were manipulated in party-run, photo labs in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s for use in the Chinese propaganda market.