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斗士欧金中

Ou Jinzhong Agonistes




2021
Digital painting


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The title and composition of the art work is inspired from the 17th century British drama poem "Samson Agonistes". Samson was a hero of the ancient nation of Israel in the "Old Testament · Book of Judges". He was invincible on the battlefield because of his superpower. Under the temptation of his lover Dalila, Samson told her the secret of his strength was in his long hair. Dalila betrayed him and his long hair being cut off while he was asleep, the Philistines who had been in ambush took the opportunity to dig up his eyes, imprison and enslaves him in the mill. One day, the Philistines gathered in the temple to perform sacrificial activity, they humiliated the blind Samson. He prays to God and miraculously recovers his strength, allowing him to finally bring down the columns, collapsing the temple and killing himself as well as more than 3,000 of the Philistines.

Acts of violence is an important theme within "Samson Agonistes" as the play is believed to celebrate violence and heroically break the Philistine’s hallucination of a unified and harmonious world. This Greek tragedy crosses the ages and directly points to contemporary reality, which happens in the daily life and deeply sting the large disadvantaged groups of today. In 2021, a murder occurred in rural Putian, China, where a victim of violence became a perpetrator like Samson. Many believed Ou Jinzhong, the avenger, who was an ordinary man but being pushed to the brink of despair over a years-long housing dispute.
Ou Jinzhong outlined his plight in a series of petitions published on the social media that his old house renovation has obtained legal approval procedures, but his neighbors, corrupt officials, and “village tyrants” had blocked him from building a new home after he tore down his old house in 2017. Since then, Ou and his 89-year-old mother had lived in a metal shack of his own construction. In the past 5 years, he sought help from the police, local officials, the government and the media several times, but the issue still remained unsolved.

One day after a typhoon hit, the iron sheets on the temporary house of Ou Jinzhong were blown away and fell on the vegetable plot of the neighbor’s house. The neighbor insulted him, the two sides quarrel again and this became the last straw that breaks the camel's back. Ou killed two people in this neighbour’s family of 5 and injured three others with a knife. After the incident, Ou ran away and his whereabouts were unknown. The local government promised a reward of 20,000 yuan for hints leading to his capture and 50,000 yuan for his corpse. One week after, the police claimed that Ou committed suicide in a cave after being surrounded by law enforcement officers. People questioned on Ou’s cause of death and the government’s motivation for setting up the bounty difference, while the police refused to release the video footage of the encounter.

The great change in Ou's life is his own burning and destruction, and it is also the ills that have long plagued China's local governance, from abuse of power to official inaction. When the originally kind humanity is crushed under the failure of the country's legal and bureaucratic system, they will be forced to become destructionist and revenger, just like the portrayal of Samson's fate, he found his destiny by death in the end.


2021
数字绘画


作品标题与构图取自十七世纪英国戏剧诗《斗士参孙》。参孙是《旧约·士师记》中记载的古以色列民族的英雄,因拥有神力在战场上所向披靡。在情人达丽拉的引诱下,他说出了上帝赐予神力的秘密:剪掉长发便会失去力量。尚未察觉厄运将至的参孙在熟睡时被剪掉了长发——情人出卖了他,早已埋伏的非利士人趁机一拥而上挖掉了他的双眼,将其囚禁在磨坊里奴役,脚戴镣铐日夜推磨。一天,非利士人的统治者聚集在圣殿里进行祭祀活动,他们召唤失明的参孙为众人表演武艺,在众人的嘲讽唏嘘中,参孙借口休息靠在石柱旁向上帝默默忏悔祈祷,他奇迹般地重获力量并推倒大殿石柱,霎那间天昏地暗,最终参孙与3000多个非利士人一起埋葬在圣殿废墟中。

暴力是《斗士参孙》中的一个重要主题,该剧被认为颂扬了暴力,英雄般地打破了了非利士人对统一和谐世界的幻想。这部希腊式悲剧的戏剧性内核跨越时代直指现实,深藏在当代庞大弱势群体日常生活中隐隐作痛。2021年中国莆田农村发生的一起谋杀案,再次唤醒人们对暴力受害者成为施暴者的记忆,复仇者欧金中的遭遇被人们广泛地同情甚至敬畏。
村民欧金中在获得危房翻新的政府批文后准备自建新房,由于邻居的欺压以及与当地官员的腐败关系,欧多次建造自己的房屋均被当地势力打砸阻挠。五年间欧和他的家人无家可归,他们住在一个临时搭建的铁皮雨棚里,包括他的孩子和八十九岁的母亲。文化程度不高的他曾寄希望于公义,家中烟盒背面写满了各媒体及政府部门的联系方式,歪斜的错别字如同他扭曲的自尊,无人问津。

一块铁皮成了压垮骆驼的最后稻草,这天欧家的房顶铁皮被台风刮走,落在了邻居家的菜地上,争执再起。五年的愤怒和委屈,把欧金中卷进了绝望的漩涡,激愤之下他持刀破门而入对邻居全家老小进行砍杀报复。当地政府随后公开现金悬赏:找到欧的尸体5万元,找到活人2万元。一周后,警方称欧在被执法人员包围后在山洞中自杀,人们质疑政府设置赏金差别的动机和欧的死因,官方以涉及机密为由拒绝公开抓捕过程。

欧一生的巨变是自身的焚毁,也是政府腐败和法律不公的灾难,当本真良善的人性在体制磨盘下被碾得粉碎,钻出的灰烬将是破坏与复仇的末路暴徒。这并不是必然的结局,正如参孙命运的写照,通过死亡,他找到了归宿。

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