"Chicken Pox" by Zhang Huan

c. 2000
$21,680 USD
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W: 20.0" H: 25.0"
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Hauntingly confrontational, this self-portrait series by artist Zhang Huan uses the body as a canvas to explore the means by which cultural relations shape personal identity. Entitled "Chicken Pox," the c-print photo series shows the artist cloaked in a layer of darkness, his features obscured by inky, black residue. Zhang describes the work as expressing "the fear of being covered and thus ignored" within a hi-tech world that has "transformed people into post-humans, removed from nature and closer to machines." An oily film clings to Zhang's face, consuming his individuality and casting him as the faceless product of an ailing society.

Currently based in Shanghai, Zhang Huan is one of China's most prominent contemporary artists. Considered a pioneer in the world of performance art, Zhang's works employ modernist techniques while embodying uniquely Chinese cultural resonances.

Set of 6 unframed c-print photos, ed. 25. Titled, dated, signed, and numbered “1/25” on 6 separate labels.

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