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In Extremis

Zhao Zhao

Curated by Cui Cancan

07.14 - 08.23, 2018

Beijing 1st Space


Tang Contemporary Art is proud to announce the opening of Zhao Zhao’s solo exhibition “In Extremis” on July 14, 2018,in the first space of Beijing. This exhibition is curated by Cui Cancan.


This story begins with a cat. One day in 2015, dust blanketed an asphalt road in Beijing. The cars flew by, as the sunlight shining on the gravel and asphalt reflected a few pinpoints of light. White guardrails separated two lanes with different speed limits; everyone hurried onward, all with their own worries and concerns. In the center of the road was a dead cat—I don’t know how many times it had been run over—but all that was left were some tire marks and a bit of fur.


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ZHao Zhao

In Extremis No.5 Brass, Stainless Steel, Black Iron, Blue steel 150 × 110 × 10 cm 2018

Zhao Zhao

In Extremis No.10 Brass, Stainless Steel, Black Iron, Blue steel 160 × 130× 5 cm 2018

Zhao Zhao

In Extremis No.7, No.8 Brass, Stainless Steel, Black Iron, Blue steel 150 × 170 × 5 cm 2018


Curator: Cui Cancan


Cui Cancan is an independent curator in China, he has won Chinese Contemporary Art Award Critic Award, Yi Shu Award for Critical Writing etc., curated main exhibitions like Hei Qiao Night Way (2013), Xiang Cun Xi jian Chui (2013), FUCKOFF II (2013), Unlived by What is Seen (2014), Between the 5th and 6th Ring Road in Beijing (2015), The Decameron (2016), Curated solo exhibitions like Ai Weiwei, Xia Xiaowan, Shen Shaomin, Wang Qingsong, He Yunchang, Xiao Yu, Qin Ga, Xie Nanxing, Shi Jinsong, Li Zhanyang, Xu Zhongmin, Ma Ke, Xia xing, Zhao Zhao, Li Qing, Chen Yufan, Chen Yujun, Li Binyuan, Feng Lin, Zhang Yue, Zong Ning, Jiang Bo etc.

Zhao Zhao


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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