ARTY! Chinese artist Cao Fei brings cosplay into museums
Cao Fei is a Chinese artist who explores the way people define themselves with costumes and digital avatars. In her videos and online projects, she has examined the desire of cosplayers to express themselves through a new reality. Her work also reflects the fluid identities of China as a growing, evolving culture.
Cao Fei has also done work in the online world of Second Life, where she has built an expansive island haven named RMB City. Her avatar, China Tracy, writes, “There are no nationalities or borders here; we are all world citizens in a future world where everyone lives his second life and creates his own values.”