Jianjin himself called this 2010–11 sequence ‘One Play Kept for a Pruriency-maker’, which seems to lose something in the translation, so we have taken the liberty of renaming it ‘Scenes from Obscene Plays’. We think this was the intended implication. Now the party has turned into a chaotic free-for-all, and any semblence of consent has gone out of the window.

Is that strange headgear a condom, a gasmask, something from a Venetian carnival, or part of a latex BDSM kit? Confusion and chaos reign in these orgiastic canvases, and it seems that Deng’s imagination has nowhere further to go.