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Inga Svala Thórsdóttir & Wu Shanzhuan Biography

Inga Svala Thórsdóttir and Wu Shanzhua began working together in the early 1990's. Their partnership goes beyond collaboration, for as Wu remarks, their meeting was a formative experience that allowed for a symbiotic creative dialogue. Wu's extreme complexity of though is mirrored in Thórsdóttir's extreme purity, a polarity that is evident in the insight and perspective that they bring to their works. Since 1992, most of the projects intiated in Wu's name have in fact been collaborative efforts. Their first breakthrough came with the improvisation of 'rainbow aesthetics' which involved the colation of a thousand shades of red taken from supermarket items, mixing ideology with commercial artifacts, propaganda with material desire. This was followed by the Thorsdottir's Pulverisation Service which offered to grind all manner of things into powder. Characteristic of their practice is the utter equality with which they treat all objects, valuable or not. 

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Wu Shanzhuan was born in Zhoushan, China, in 1960. He studied at the China Academy of Art in Hangzhou, and the Hochschule für Bildende Künste, Hamburg. Inga Svala Thórsdóttir was born in Iceland in 1966. She studied at the Icelandic School of Arts and Crafts and the Hochschule für Bildende Künste, Hamburg. They live and work in Hamburg.

Inga Svala Thórsdóttir & Wu Shanzhuan Featured Artworks

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What A Form, Little Fat Flesh by Inga Svala Thórsdóttir & Wu Shanzhuan contemporary artwork
Inga Svala Thórsdóttir & Wu ShanzhuanWhat A Form, Little Fat Flesh, 2013Relief print, embossing, STPI handmade cotton paper
127 x 101 cm
STPI - Creative Workshop & Gallery Contact Gallery
Seven Circles Little Fat Flesh (Stone Plate plus Screen Print) by Inga Svala Thórsdóttir & Wu Shanzhuan contemporary artwork
Inga Svala Thórsdóttir & Wu ShanzhuanSeven Circles Little Fat Flesh (Stone Plate plus Screen Print), 2013Lithography, screen print, stonehenge cotton paper
73 x 55.5 cm
STPI - Creative Workshop & Gallery Contact Gallery
Seven Circles Little Fat Flesh (Stone Plate) by Inga Svala Thórsdóttir & Wu Shanzhuan contemporary artwork
Inga Svala Thórsdóttir & Wu ShanzhuanSeven Circles Little Fat Flesh (Stone Plate), 2013Lithography, stonehenge cotton paper
73 x 55.5 cm
STPI - Creative Workshop & Gallery Contact Gallery
World Map - Arctic Fox Arc - Temperature War 2013 by Inga Svala Thórsdóttir & Wu Shanzhuan contemporary artwork
Inga Svala Thórsdóttir & Wu ShanzhuanWorld Map - Arctic Fox Arc - Temperature War 2013, 2013Lithography, screen print, Fabriano 100% cotton paper
71.5 x 81 cm
STPI - Creative Workshop & Gallery Contact Gallery

Inga Svala Thórsdóttir & Wu Shanzhuan Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, A Botanical Garden at Hanart 漢雅軒的兵頭花園 at Hanart TZ Gallery, Hong Kong
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29 August–31 October 2020 Group Exhibition A Botanical Garden at Hanart 漢雅軒的兵頭花園 Hanart TZ GalleryHong Kong
Contemporary art exhibition, Inga Svala Thórsdóttir & Wu Shanzhuan, Quote! Quote! Quote! at Hanart TZ Gallery, Hong Kong
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22 March–18 May 2018 Inga Svala Thórsdóttir & Wu Shanzhuan Quote! Quote! Quote! Hanart TZ GalleryHong Kong
Contemporary art exhibition, Group exhibition, Beyond the Grid at STPI - Creative Workshop & Gallery, Singapore
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14 November–31 December 2014 Group exhibition Beyond the Grid STPI - Creative Workshop & GallerySingapore

Inga Svala Thórsdóttir & Wu Shanzhuan Represented By

Hanart TZ Gallery contemporary art gallery in Hong Kong Hanart TZ Gallery Hong Kong

Inga Svala Thórsdóttir & Wu Shanzhuan In Ocula Magazine

Inga Svala Thórsdóttir Ocula Conversation Inga Svala Thórsdóttir By Tessa Moldan, Hong Kong

Since meeting in Iceland in 1990, Inga Svala Thórsdóttir and Wu Shanzhuan have developed a cosmic database of signs, words and forms as a result of their continual and unbiased questioning of the nature of things. 'Our studio was basically a piece of A4 paper,' explains Thórsdóttir, recounting the initial years of their collaboration. From this...

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Taipei Biennial: Planet Earth Defence Command Ocula Feature Taipei Biennial: Planet Earth Defence Command By Sam Gaskin, Taipei

Like the Earth itself, the debate about what to call the current geological epoch is getting heated. For 11,700 years, since the end of the last ice age, we’ve been living in the Holocene, the temperate climate in which human civilization has thrived. But Nobel Prize-winning chemist Paul Crutzen argues that now mankind has become the most...

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Inga Svala Thórsdóttir & Wu Shanzhuan In Related Press

When maths meets art: Inga Svala Thórsdóttir and Wu Shanzhuan at Hanart TZ Related Press When maths meets art: Inga Svala Thórsdóttir and Wu Shanzhuan at Hanart TZ 10 November 2015, Art Radar

Artists-cum-science-enthusiasts fuse mathematics with art via rigorous methodology and fascinating philosophical concepts. “Circles Vibration – Bracket Bridge” at Hong Kong’s Hanart TZ Gallery showcases unique conceptual works that reach beyond the senses to tickle the mind.

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