The Rematch: Duke Riley recreating history in China

March 23, 2012
A history lesson from Brooklyn's Duke Riley: Thousands of years ago, the Jade Emperor decided to assign an animal’s name to every year, in order to simplify the calendar for the people of China. A swimming race amongst twelve animals across the mighty river was organized to determine the sequential order in which year they would appear. This would become the Shengxiao, the Chinese zodiac. And now, Duke is going to recreate this race. Working with local artists along the canals of Zhujiajiao, China, this April 2012, Duke will restage the race. It will be called The Rematch.

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It is a well known that the rat, the winner of the race, cheated. Nevertheless, this oversight established an order that has remained a celebrated tradition for centuries.

In the interest of fairness, I propose a rematch!

Working with local artists and communities along the canals of Zhujiajiao, China in April 2012, I will restage this race. All of the zodiac animals will be represented by actual live animals (minus the Dragon, of course, which will be replaced by a large iguana). Each will be ferried separately through the canals in boats paddled by expert rowers from the community. In addition, each boat will be decorated by a different local artist according to the animal it carries.


Duke looking epic in the East River:


Watch our 3-part Juxtapoz Presents series on Duke Riley that we produced last year:

images via itsnicethat.