China has tried to erase the Tiananmen crackdown, but in the work of dissident artists, it lives on

By William Wan, May 31, 2014

BEIJING — Rows of faces painted in a funereal palette of black, white and gray stare from the canvas. In the middle of them lies a scene of tanks rolling through Tiananmen Square.

Liu Yi has never tried to exhibit the painting, nor has he shown it to anyone besides his wife and a handful of friends, for fear of punishment by Communist Party authorities. He keeps it in his studio with other works on forbidden topics as a reminder of what he believes is his responsibility as an artist.

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