“The Three Gorges Dam on the Yangzi River in China is the world’s largest generator of hydro-electric power. When it was built, it displaced more than one million people and submerged more than 1,200 towns. In his painting, Hotbed, contemporary Chinese artist Liu Xiaodong offers a response to the dam project.” (https://nasher.duke.edu/large-files/Nasher-AR-Final_2010.pdf)
Here is a picture of the whole painting, which is composed of five panels. Because the image is too intricate to apprehend in such a small reproduction, please also refer to the detailed views of three individual panels below. As well, you may find the “contextual images” at the end of this page illuminating.
Panel 3: Seating men (close-up)
Panel 5: Crouching man
THE THREE GORGES DAM
LIU XIADONG AT WORK
HOTBED ON DISPLAY AT A GALLERY IN THE US