Walking the Cabbage Roaming diary 遛白菜漫游记
In the Walking the Cabbage (2000-) series of social intervention performance, video and photography works, Han Bing walks a Chinese cabbage on a leash in public places, inverting an ordinary practice to provoke debate and critical thinking. Walking the Cabbage is a playful twist on a serious subject—the way our everyday practices serve to constitute "normalcy" and our identities are often constituted by the act of claiming objects as our possessions. A quintessentially Chinese symbol of sustenance and comfort for poor Chinese turned upside down, Han Bing's cabbage on a leash offers a visual interrogation of contemporary social values. If a full stock of cabbage for the winter was once a symbol of material well-being in China, nowadays the nouveau riche have cast aside modest (monotonous) winters of cabbage in favor of ostentatious gluttony in fancy restaurants where waste signifies status. They flaunt "name brand" pooches, demonstrating how they no longer rely on the lowly cabbage, and can not only fatten themselves to obesity, but also pamper a pedigreed pet. Yet, for the poor and struggling, the realities of cabbage as a subsistence bottom line have not changed—what's changed is the value structure that dictates what—and who—is valuable or worthless in Chinese society. Han Bing's social intervention performance art practice has been conducted in a vast array in public spaces and quotidian social settings ranging from tiny rural villages to cosmopolitan metropolises across the globe; from flourishing downtown bastions of the white-collar consumer elite to the agricultural fields of the salt-of-the-earth rural laborers; from the Great Wall to the Mississippi River; from Miami Beach to the Champs Elysees; from Harajuku to Haight-Ashbury; from Tiananmen to Times Square.

 Jiangsu, 2005
Me and My Cabbage at Suma Bay.: Jiangsu, 2005

Square, Beijing, 2001
Walking the Cabbage in Tiananmen: Square, Beijing, 2001

,2006
Walking the Cabbage in Tokyo, Ginza: ,2006

,Miami  Beach, 2006
Walking the Cabbage Across the USA: ,Miami Beach, 2006

Beijing, PRC, 2001
Walking the Cabbage in Houhai: Beijing, PRC, 2001

Beijing, PRC, 2004
Walking the Cabbage in the Subway : Beijing, PRC, 2004


 

Los Angeles, 2006
Walking the Cabbage at Venice Beach: Los Angeles, 2006

Shopping Market,Shanghai, 2005
Walking the Cabbage at City : Shopping Market,Shanghai, 2005

Beijing,2004
Walking the Cabbage in Midi: Beijing,2004

USA
Walking the Cabbage in Chinatown, : USA


 


 

 NYC,2007
Walking the Cabbage Across the USA : NYC,2007


Walking the Cabbage Across the USA 


Walking the Cabbage Across the USA 


 


 

Brooklyn,NYC, 2007
Walking the Cabbage Across the USA: Brooklyn,NYC, 2007


 


Walking the Cabbage in Tiananmen 2 


 

 2000-2008
Walking the Cabbage Projects: 2000-2008

Japan
Walking the Cabbage in Ginza 1, : Japan