It can sometimes feel like we know certain iconic figures, just because their images are so familiar to us. What goes into the construction of these images? In her thoughtful, provocative meditation on the ways in which Chairman Mao is portrayed, Faye Yan Zhang looks at the process by which an icon is created—and how, once established, the image can be appropriated and deconstructed.
Portraits of Mao
by Faye Yan Zhang