The first work that Xu ever created on the
“transgender” topic was at the end of his sophomore
year while studying at the Central Academy of Fine Art in 2003.
Titled “Iiiiiiii,” Xu appears as a young lady seven
times in different poses in a space resembles to a living room,
while the artist as his actual self sits at the left back corner
starting into the lenses. It was a spontaneous experiment, as well
as a thrilling experience for him. After “Iiiiiiii,”
the work had opened up a whole new artistic world for him, hence
became a turning point in his practice.