New York City, Manhattan, 2098, depicted in a sci-fi drawing, of the US run by the Communist party The People’s Union of America, by Fan Weinan, Beijing, 2020
This is a piece of sci-fi art, by a Chinese artist Fan Wennan, Beijing. it illustrates New York City, Manhattan, in the year 2098, then taken over by a Communist party “The People’s Union of America”. I do not know his/her name in Chinese characters.
Provocative, it is, and will probably infuriate most Americans. Yet as we are in a Western democracy, Fan Wennan, https://nangesfg.artstation.com has the right to voice his opinion and display his art, all without any retribution from any government or censors. This is, at its base, part of freedom of speech in a democracy. We not only permit it, but encourage it. This piece of art, if it was a Western artist depicting a similarly provocative Chinese scene, would certainly be thrown in jail, charged with subversion, for many years.
New York City, Manhattan, 2098, depicted in a sci-fi drawing, of the US run by the Communist party The People’s Union of America, by Fan Wennan, Beijing, 2020
It seems like Fan’s view of communism in the US 2098 is more like 1980s China, with their big signs and utilitarian exterior design. There is a space craft hovering above.
New York City, Manhattan, 2098, depicted in a sci-fi drawing, of the US run by the Communist party The People’s Union of America, with a caption in Chinese, by Fan Wennan, Beijing, 2020
我是个土老帽了,在调到空间站之前,我在地球的活动范围几乎没有离开过石家庄,直到今年初单位组团去纽约休 假,可真给我长见识了,纽约是座古城,但古中有新,就像导游说的“想感受未来和现代化就去亚洲和欧洲,但要 体验历史变迁,感受帝国时代的余辉,重温灯塔的荣光,还得去北美。” 站在老广场的中央我觉得彼时彼刻恰如此时此刻,不禁想到历史课本上讲到的世纪初老式平面彩色电影代表作中的 一段经典台词:
This is my first time traveling abroad.
I am an experienced elder. Before I transferred to the space station, on Earth I almost never left Shijiazhuang (a city in North-East China, south of Beijing), until the beginning of this year, when my work unit group went to New York City for vacation. It really was an eye opener. New York City is an ancient city, but within the ancient there is also the new. As my tour guide said, “If you want to feel the future and modernization, you should go to Asia and Europe, but if you want to experience historical change, to feel the afterglow of an old empire, to revisit the vibrancy of a past glory, it is best to go to North America.”
Standing in the middle of the old square, I felt, at that time and that exact moment, I could not help but think about the old-fashioned color film movie masterpieces, written in history books. Here’s a classic quote:
“Money or me, which is more important to you?”
“For me, both you and money are not important.”
“Then what is important to you?”
“When you are no longer here, to me this is important.”
Old #7 (senior male, 7th child in the family), Low Orbit on the Yellow River Station, April 15, 2098