Badiucao, “China’s Artful Dissident”
From 2013-2018, Badiucao was a contributing cartoonist for CDT. Born and raised in China, he later moved abroad in order to be able to pursue his art career. He gained an enthusiastic and wide following online as his work–drawings, performance art, and street art–delivered a sharp, direct, and powerful critique of the Chinese government. In an interview with CDT, Badiucao said, “I also hope to use the comic exaggeration and humor of cartoons to deconstruct the arrogance and authority of China’s dictatorship, because the collapse of authority is the building block of individual awakening and free independence.” Over the past six months, Badiucao has not appeared online or released any new artwork following the cancellation of his solo show in Hong Kong over safety concerns.
Australian filmmaker Danny Ben-Moshe has produced a documentary about Badiucao’s life and work, titled “China’s Artful Dissident,” which will be broadcast on Australia’s ABC on June 4.
Here's the reel for my new documentary coming out on ABC next Tuesday 4 June 30th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre. Thx to all who helped by appearing in the film @RosieBlau @tomgrundy @HongKongFP @ugauthier @ZhouFengSuo @CDT & of course the inimitable @badiucao pic.twitter.com/L4MeGonCMB
— Danny Ben-Moshe (@dannyb_m) May 28, 2019
Read more about Badiucao in an interview conducted with CDT in 2013. You can also download an eBook of his artwork and purchase merchandise with his designs, via CDT, with all proceeds from both going directly to the artist. See all of Badiucao’s drawings for CDT.