Effacement features both photographs and porcelains produced by the contemporary Chinese artist Huang Yan (b. 1966). Through these works, Huang examines the transnational art market and the perception of Chineseness in this environment. It is an unsettling vision. The artist selected blue and white porcelains, luxurious objects that were once exported from China and collected around the world, and shaped them into ordinary plastic water containers and liquor bottles, items of disposable waste.