Born 1984, Zibo, Shandong
An only child of doting parents, Yu Xiao was unprepared for the harshness of the adult world. Deciding that “I don’t want to grow up,” she set about creating a Photoshop fantasy in which she would never have to. She merges her adult face and her little-girl body, adding the toys, school bag and rural landscapes of her childhood. But her avatar’s sad expression suggests that “the past is gone”; she knows that in reality, there can be no going back.