In a moment of remarkable timing, Prune Nourry’s Terracotta Daughters were entombed the same week that China announced an end to its destructive one child policy. This shift by the Chinese government comes too late to resolve the gender imbalance that exists today, but is intended to alleviate the problem long term. As for all of those young Chinese men looking for wives now? Well, one economist suggested that they share wives. Good luck with that.
Nourry’s riff on the Terracotta Warriors, an internationally recognized symbol of pride for the Chinese, shines a light on China’s shameful history of gender selection. Read more about the project, and the eight Chinese girls who inspired it, in this post. Nourry always planned to entomb the Terracotta Daughters this year, with the intention of unearthing them in 2030 – the year that gender imbalance in China will peak. That the burial coincided with a concession to her viewpoint by the Chinese government was just a happy coincidence.
Nourry documented the entombment on her Instagram account and I thought it would be fun to share her pictures and captions with you here:
Photo credits: top picture by Daphne Nash; all others by Prune Nourry, @prune