Cao Fei’s inflatable suckling pig references the relationships between tradition, experience, memory and reality. In the region of Southern China that Cao Fei is from, the suckling pig is both a culinary delicacy and a symbol of good fortune, habitually employed in rituals and cultural celebrations. Exploring the layers of meaning inferred on an object by experience and information, the sculpture’s bulbous red eyes will, to those familiar with Cantonese tradition, be identifiable as the maraschino cherries commonly used in presenting the cooked animal. This work is an interactive piece and viewers are invited to enter the belly of the pig where they are confronted by inflatable cuts of pork meat, which unequivocally assert the role the creature is destined to play. Fascinated by the rapidly evolving practices and habits of contemporary Chinese youth culture, Cao Fei’s sculpture can be interpreted as both a portrait of personal experience, and a playful comment upon the declining role of cultural traditions in an increasingly globalised society.