'Terracotta Daughters' on display in Mexico

Updated: 2014-10-31 16:34


When French visual artist Prune Nourry decided to document China's "missing daughters", those never born due to gender preferences, she drew inspiration from one of the country's icons: the Terracotta Warriors.

For her installation, "Terracotta Daughters," on display at the Anahuacalli Museum in Mexico City, the artist created 108 life-sized sculptures of schoolgirls in the style of the ancient warriors.

"I feel it is important to bring light to a subject that affects us all, especially in the years to come," she said, adding that the work invites people to ponder the issue through a reinterpretation of a familiar symbol.

Official figures show that China registered a sex ratio at birth of 117.7 boys for every 100 girls in 2012, marking the fourth year of decline. The photographs were taken on Oct 30.

'Terracotta Daughters' on display in Mexico

A terracotta woman sculpture with facial acupuncture, a traditional Chinese medicine therapy used for more than 2,000 years to prevent and cure illness. [Photo/IC]

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