Shao Yinong and his wife, Muchen, were young children during the 1966–1976 Cultural Revolution, but its impact has never left them—or the nation. “The Cultural Revolution changed the whole of China,” Muchen says. Communist leaders trumpeted the interests of the group—the nation, the masses—while maximising their own power. When they were growing up, “there were always huge portraits of leaders like Mao, Lenin and Marx at the back of the classroom”. The artists’ photographs are enlarged to the same grand dimensions and hand painted in similarly vibrant colours, but their subject is often desolate.