Zhao Zhao’s works are never simply visual outcomes; they are perceptions of reality produced by a series of incidents. In his series Constellation, holes are produced in the glass by bullets and cracks spread in all directions from those bullet holes. The energy of the explosion is amplified as it spreads outward. As an extension of it, in his Constellations series he depicts the moment that the bullet passes through the glass in an oil painting on canvas. Both Constellation and Constellations follow an infinite cycle of destruction and reconstruction.
Sky, 300 x 300 cm, Oil on Canvas, 2017
Sky, 150 x 150 cm, Oil on Canvas, 2016
Constellations, 300 x 980 cm, Embroidered silk, 2017
Curator: Jérôme Sans
Curator, art critic, artistic director and director of internationally renowned institutions, Jérôme Sans is the co-founder of the Palais de Tokyo in Paris, which he headed until 2006. After being director of the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (UCCA) in Beijing from 2008 to 2012, affirming is role as a major contemporary art hub in Asia, he is now artistic director for the urban redevelopment and public art scheme Rives de Saône - River Movie led by the Greater Lyon council.
A curator of many exhibitions throughout the world (Taipei Biennale, 2000; Lyon Biennale, 2005; Nuit Blanche 2006 in Paris; Milan Triennale, 2010, etc.), Jérôme Sans was appointed co-artistic director of the Grand Paris Express cultural project, from 2015 to 2017. He is now artistic director of the Ile Seguin cultural hub.
He also jointly co-founded Perfect Crossovers in Beijing, a consultancy group for cultural projects between China and the rest of the world.
b.1982 Xinjiang, China
Lives in Beijing, China
Zhao Zhao graduated from the Xinjiang Institute of the Arts in 2003 and later attended the Beijing Film Academy. Now he is regarded a significant figure among the young Post-80s generation of contemporary Chinese artists – Zhao Zhao’s work is often associated with anti-authoritarian or non-conformist tendencies, renowned for confronting existing ideological structures and exercising the power of individual free will in his work. His provocative, multidisciplinary artistic practice has garnered him international attention in recent years with critically-acclaimed exhibitions across China, North America and Europe as an ‘artist to watch’.
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