Zhan is a photographer and video artist, although he is best known for sculpting highly polished stainless steel rocks, a cultural reference to the ‘scholar stones’ loved by the Chinese for their aesthetic appearance.
Interview by LILLY WEI
Filmed by MARTIN KENNEDY
Translation by ALEX MA
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Ink Art: Past as Present in Contemporary China
In the mid-1980s and 90s, as China distanced itself from the policies of Mao Zedong, and his successors became more willing to engage with the outside world, Chinese contemporary art began to appear with increasing frequency in important international exhibitions.
When Culture Met Industry
The fifth edition of the Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture (UABB), Urban Borders, opened on 6 December in the city of Shenzhen, and 11 December in Hong Kong in its fourth edition.
The work of Chinese artist Guan Wei is an important comment on contemporary global culture. Born in Beijing, China in 1957 Guan Wei travelled to Australia in 1989, just three years after graduating from the Department of Fine Arts at Beijing Capital University, to take up an artist-in-residence at the Tasmanian School of Art.
Beijing's 798 Art District
A decade ago, setting up radical art studios in the workshops of a largely abandoned military electronics complex on the fringe of Beijing was considered to be intriguing and provocative. Today, Factory 798 is a warren of contemporary art galleries, studios and cafes, luring artists and visitors, students and collectors from across China and overseas.
LAVA: Home of the Future
Home of the Future, one of the prominent and current projects by Laboratory for Visionary Architecture (LAVA) Asia Pacific, was exhibited at the University of Technology Sydney Architecture Warehouse in Chippendale, Sydney, 16 March