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Not Wanted Creativity

Not Wanted Creativity


Colors magazine has just launched it's 70th issue, on the hot-topic of (no, not Britney Spears) China. It's a beautifully photographed issue featuring an astounding amount of work by just two young photographers, Chen Jiaojiao and Peng Yangjun.

However, for the public presentation this week in Beijing, it appeared that the Chinese audience wasn't so impressed by Fabrica's token 'Wanted Creativity' ad (drawn by yours truly). And so the page featuring a cute, cartooney likeness of Mao was subsequently ripped out of all copies for the presentation.

Maybe they just didn't like what that pink panda's right hand was up to.

Originally from
ReBlogged by andy rementer on Mar 9, 2007 at 04:51 PM Posted by andy rementer on Mar 9, 2007 at 04:51 PM


Congrats Andy!
You've been officially censored!
You rock all the way to Beijing! Revolución o ... what?
China is so fucked and were only beginning to understand how much

Posted by: fred at 12.03.2007 12:27 PM

Well, after this and the recent dropping of the "Reporters sans frontières" project because of not wanting to hurt the Chinese, I guess that the days of Fabrica being a courageous, independent, outspoken communication centre are officially forgotten...

Posted by: Freddy at 12.03.2007 03:41 PM

I really like this design and it certainly sucks that you've been censored. In the illustration, you used both traditional and simplified Chinese character sets, which are generally kept separate. The second character in 'China,' on Mao's t-shirt, is the simplified 'guo2,' or 'country.' Yet the first character on the other shirt, 'lai2,' meaning 'to come,' is in traditional, not used in the mainland. My question, I suppose, is why? Was this a mistake, or were you making a statement of some sort?

Posted by: Kit at 13.03.2007 12:37 AM

I want to know whether the image was 'censored' because it glorified this ignominious criminal and destroyer of Chinese culture?
Or was it because the colour of the face was somehow offensive?
Or was it the characters chosen for the shirts?
Or was it just that you had appropriated a symbol over which the Chinese government asserts ownership?
Or was it that you entered a complex cultural debate which you think you understand, but which is taking place deeply within another country, culture and political system?

You should not assume that you know why they did this ... or what they intended to achieve ...

Posted by: Mic at 13.03.2007 03:53 AM

what is all this debate on the tshirts? :) no one considered the panda one... are those 2 "C" or are those boobies? .. what ?? a panda with boobies? oh andy, you're sooooo offensive! ahahah

Posted by: marghe at 13.03.2007 11:53 AM

u mother fucker, Fred...u r so fucked!!!

Posted by: lenciel at 13.03.2007 03:21 PM

Well, I think we have to consider ourself as spoiled that we have the right to live in such an open place like Europe where all we need is provocation and uglyness to get on a cover. But there exist also other places on the world and it is also a sign of tolerance and respect to research what is acceptable to publish and what is not. Did you really think Mao in front of this jolly queue of people will get through in China? It needs more than Colors Magazine to change China's system. Face it: China is different.

Posted by: Julia at 13.03.2007 05:36 PM

Yeah, China is different. It's a totalitarian state based on torture and repression.

Not that the US is any better, but I think it's time to call a spade a goddamn shovel.

Posted by: Maxwell Hammer at 13.03.2007 05:52 PM

i can completely understand it, living in a totalitarian state where information is completely sieved through and most information is censored and publications banned entirely. If we had such a caricature of Lee Kuan Yew- one of the forefathers of singapore, it wouldn't even have made it into the country as it would have been banned, instead of having the page ripped out.

But when you don't know anything else or different, you don't fight for 'freedom'. Yet, after living in italy for a year, I finally realise the true meaning of freedom of access to information. And now i'm back in prison, with neither pornography nor chewing gum... sigh

jules dreaming of liberty

Posted by: zoidberg at 18.03.2007 03:55 PM

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