Subodh Gupta

Subodh Gupta, This is Not a Fountain, 2011–13. Aluminum utensils, water, painted brass taps, PVC pipes, and motor. Courtesy of the artist and Hauser & Wirth. Photography by Genevieve Hanson.

Subodh Gupta. Photogaphy courtesy Tom Pietrasik / Subodh Gupta.

Subodh Gupta footage from Bloomberg Business' Brilliant Ideas. Courtesy Bloomberg.

Cooking footage. Stock media provided by PunkRidge/ Pond5.com.

Take off your shoes and wash your hands, 2008. Stainless steel utensils/brass, stainless steel utensils. Courtesy of the artist and Hauser & Wirth.

Ray, 2014. Installation at National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi. Stainless steel.

Untitled, 2008. Stainless steel. Installation view, "Art and the City," Zurich, Switzerland, 2012. Image courtesy the artist.

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Aaditi Joshi

Aaditi Joshi, Untitled, 2012. Fused plastic bags, acrylic paint, wood. Photo credit: Susetta Bozzi.

Aaditi Joshi portrait, 2012. Photo credit: Susetta Bozzi.

Mumbai video courtesy Hema Upadhyay.

Mumbai photography courtesy Aaditi Joshi.

Untitled, 2011. Site-specific installation. Fused plastic bags, acrylic paint, wood. Photo credit David Desouza. Image courtesy Gallery Maskara.

Untitled, 2013. Plastic sculpture. Image courtesy the artist.

Untitled, 2011. Plastic, wood, tubelights. Image courtesy Gallery Maskara.

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Hema Upadhyay

Hema Upadhyay, Think left, think right, think low, think tight, 2010. Aichi Triennial, Nagoya, Japan & Centre Pompidou, Paris, France, 2011.

Hema in her studio, 2009, Mumbai. © anne maniglier.

Mumbai footage courtesy the artist.

8´ x 12´, 2009. Aluminum, scrap metal from cars, enamel paint, plastic, found objects, M-Seal sealant, resin, and hardware. Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, New Delhi. © Hema Upadhyay. Photography by Anil Rane, Mumbai, courtesy Hema Upadhyay and Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, New Delhi.

The Princesses’ Rusted Belt, 2011. 250 handmade clay birds, iron wire, acrylic, watercolors, cotton thread and text on printing paper, dimensions variable, 2011, Studio La Città, Verona, Italy. Video courtesy Michele Alberto Sereni and Studio la Città, Verona.

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Yin Xiuzhen

Yin Xiuzhen, Ruined City, 1996. Installed at Capital Normal University Art Museum, Beijing. Furniture, cement powder, and tiles. © Yin Xiuzhen. Photography by Song Dong.

Yin Xiuzhen. Photograph courtesy DPA/Getty Images.

Wangfujing snack street at daytime HD. Video courtesy iStock.com/CQYoung

Qianmen pedestrian street at night HD. Video courtesy iStock.com/CQYoung

Collective Subconscious, 2007. Minibus, stainless steel, used clothes, stools, music. Video courtesy Groninger Museum.

Collective Subconscious. Photographs © Trish Mayo.

Temperature, 2009–15. Installed at Fifth Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art. Used clothing and rubble. © Yin Xiuzhen. Photography by Song Dong.

A View Inside One’s Heart No. 2., 2009. Clothes. Photograph courtesy Pace Beijing.

Stage, 2010. Concrete and fruit. Courtesy Pace Gallery. Video courtesy Groninger Museum.

Unbearable Warmth, 2009. Scarves. Courtesy Pace Beijing. Photography courtesy Enrico Delponte.

Ruined City, 1996. Installed at Capital Normal University Art Museum, Beijing. Furniture, cement powder, and tiles. © Yin Xiuzhen. Photography by Song Dong.

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Asim Waqif

Asim Waqif, Venu, 2012. Bamboo, cotton and jute rope, tar and interactive electronics (interactive system is triggered by shadows). Collection Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris, Brussels.

Portrait of Asim Waqif. Photograph courtesy Mark Sherwood / QAGOMA.

Bordel monstre, 2012. Installation with the support of SAM art projects, Palais de Tokyo, Paris. Image courtesy SAM art projects.

Hong Kong installation. Video courtesy Saat Saath arts and nature morte.

Asim Waqif installations. Images courtesy Asim Waqif and Gallery Seven Art.

Bamboo scaffolding on Hong Kong's skyscrapers. Stock video courtesy iStock/CG-wallah.

Metro train in front of skyscrapers, Delhi, India. Stock video courtesy iStock/ImageDB.

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Hu Xiangcheng

Hu Xiangcheng, part of the exhibition "This is Not a Zero," 2014. Installed at the Shanghai Himalayas Museum.

Hu Xiangcheng. Photograph courtesy the artist.

Demolition area urban redevelopment in the historic district of Puxi, Shanghai. Video courtesy Kohls/Robert Harding.

Hu Xiangcheng, Doors Away from Home—Doors Back Home, 2016. Reclaimed architectural elements, fabric, photo, and video projection. BANK/MABSOCIETY. Video courtesy of the artist.

Kaimingli lane compound. Photo © avezink.

Shanghai buildings being demolished. Photo courtesy Brian Segal.

Rendering of Doors Away from Home—Doors Back Home, 2016. Reclaimed architectural elements, fabric, photo, and video projection. BANK/MABSOCIETY. Courtesy the artist.

Part of the exhibition "This is Not a Zero," 2014. Installed at the Shanghai Himalayas Museum.

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Han Seok Hyun

Han Seok Hyun, Reverse-Rebirth project@Cheonggae creek, 2012. Courtesy of the artist.

Han Seok Hyun. Photo courtesy Heeseung Chung.

Seoul park forest with pond reflection. Photography courtesy iStock.com/AaronChoi.

Rooftop garden atop an office building in Seoul. Photography courtesy AFP/AFP/Getty Images.

Reverse-Rebirth: The Mother Tree, 2015. Courtesy of the artist.

Han Seok Hyun and Yu Byeong-seo, Reverse-Rebirth, 2013. Donated wooden materials and stories, plants, screw nails, watering system. Buk Seoul Museum of Art.

Sketch of Super-Natural, 2011. Copyright Han Seok Hyun.

Han Seok Hyun, Super-Natural, 2011. Installation at Aram Art Gallery, Goyang, Korea. Photography by Han Seok Hyun/Park Ayung Rae. Courtesy of the artist.

Seoul photographs courtesy Han Seok Hyun.

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Jeon Yongseok/flyingCity

flyingCity, Escapement, 2016. Courtesy of the artist.

Jeon Yongseok portrait, 2016. Photograph courtesy Kelvin Kyung Kun Park.

flyingCity, Power of Cheonggyecheon, 2003. Digital composite photography. Image courtesy flyingCity.

Video courtesy of the artist.

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College students study in the Kyung Hee University Central Library on the university's campus in Seoul, South Korea, on Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013. BV/Bloomberg/Getty Images.

War-like Competition for University, Seoul, South Korea. © Yoo Eun Lee/Corbis.

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Ai Weiwei

Ai Weiwei on the inspiration behind Forever Bicycles. Video courtesy the City of Toronto on behalf of Nuit Blanche Toronto.

Ai Weiwei at "So Sorry" exhibition opening, 2012. Photograph courtesy Miguel Villagran / Getty Images.

"Ai Weiwei detained. Here is his TED film," 2011. Video courtesy of TED.

"Ai Weiwei and Tim Marlow in conversation: Part 1 and Part 2." Video courtesy Royal Academy of Arts, London.

Ai Weiwei, Forever, 2003. 64 Forever brand steel bicycles. The Ella Fontanals-Cisneros Collection. Reproduced with permission. Photography courtesy of Chuck Choi.

Forever Bicycles, 2013. 3,144 Forever brand steel bicycles. Installed in Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto.

Very Yao, 2009. 150 Forever brand steel bicycles. Installed at Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin.

Snake Ceiling, 2009. Children's backpacks, suspended from the ceiling. Installed at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto. Reproduced with permission. Collection of Larry Warsh.

Snake Ceiling. Photograph © crobart.

Ai Qing and Ai Weiwei as a baby. Photograph courtesy the artist.

Hanging Man in Porcelain, 2009. Collection De Pont Museum, Tilburg NL. Photographer: Peter Cox.

Marcel Duchamp and his Bicycle Wheel, 1913. Photographed in 1965. Artwork © Succession Marcel Duchamp / ADAGP, Paris / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York 2016. Photo: Eric Sutherland for the Walker Art Center.

Ai Weiwei in front of Marcel Duchamp’s To be Looked at (from the Other Side of the Glass) with One Eye, Close to, for Almost an Hour, 1918. Photographed in 1987. Artwork © Succession Marcel Duchamp / ADAGP, Paris / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York 2016. Photograph courtesy of the artist, Three Shadows Photography Art Center, and Chambers Fine Art. Photo courtesy Ai Weiwei.

Andy Warhol in front of his Brillo Boxes, 1964. Photograph Mondadori Portfolio/Mondadori Portfolio Premium/Getty Images.

Ai Weiwi in front of Andy Warhol’s Self Portrait, 1966. Photographed in 1987. Artwork © 2016 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photograph from the New York Photographs series 1983–93. Collection of Ai Weiwei. © Ai Weiwei.

Illumination, 2014. Digital lambda print. © Ai Weiwei.

Dropping a Han Dynasty Urn, 1995. Three gelatin silver prints. Courtesy the artist.

Ritual from the work S.A.C.R.E.D., 2011–13. One of six dioramas in fiberglass and iron. Courtesy of Ai Weiwei Studio. © Ai Weiwei.

Entropy from the work S.A.C.R.E.D., 2011–13. One of six dioramas in fiberglass and iron. Courtesy of Ai Weiwei Studio. © Ai Weiwei.

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Choi Jeong Hwa

Plastic flowers. Video courtesy of the artist.

Choi Jeong Hwa portrait. Photograph courtesy of the artist.

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Choi Jeong Hwa, The Everyday Happy Together of Flowers, 2014. Plastic baskets, plastic ties, and steel. © Choi Jeong Hwa. Photography by Jeong Gyung Il, © Choi Jeong Hwa / Park Ryu Sook Gallery.

Alchemy, 2014, Onyang Folk Museum. LED lights, acrylic bowls, and steel, dimensions variable. © Choi Jeong Hwa. Photography by Jeong Gyung Il, © Choi Jeong Hwa / Park Ryu Sook Gallery

Alchemy, 2014. Culture Station Seoul 284. © Choi Jeong Hwa. Photography by Jeong Gyung Il, © Choi Jeong Hwa / Park Ryu Sook Gallery.

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Choi Jeong Hwa in his studio. Photograph courtesy of the artist.

Alchemy, 2014. Tathata, Park Ryu Sook Gallery. © Choi Jeong Hwa, photo by Choi Jeong Hwa.

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Song Dong

Song Dong, Eating the City, 2014. Installed at Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil, São Paulo. Assorted edible materials. Video courtesy Raphael Lupo.

Song Dong in front of his Waste Not, 2005. Installed at The Curve, Barbican Art Gallery, London, 2012. Domestic objects. Photography courtesy Oli Scarff/Getty Images.

Old Shanghai houses cityscape. Stock media provided by pond5prime/Pond5.com.

Pedicab visit at Shichahai. Video courtesy iStock.com/wonry.

Downtown Shanghai typical hutong street pedestrians. Stock media provided by eHikari/Pond5.com.

Hutong alleyway, Old Beijing, Chinese Arch. Stock media provided by ChinaInABox/Pond5.com.

Beijing hutong. Photograph. Courtesy Nancy Berliner.

Interior of a traditional hutong courtyard house in Beijing. Photograph © Emma Peios / Alamy Stock Photo.

Wisdom of the Poor: Living with Pigeons, 2005–6. Mixed media. Courtesy of Pace Gallery. © Song Dong. Photography Song Dong.

Wisdom of the Poor: Borrow Rights Mountain, 2005. Reclaimed architectural elements, from traditional hutong courtyard houses, with animal cages. © Song Dong. Photography Song Dong.

Waste Not, 2005. Installed at The Curve, Barbican Art Gallery, London, 2012. Domestic objects. Video courtesy the Barbican Young Filmmakers.

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