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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The Cause The Layer 《此因此層》AP2 by Inga Svala Thórsdóttir & Wu Shanzhuan contemporary artwork textile
Inga Svala Thórsdóttir & Wu Shanzhuan The Cause The Layer 《此因此層》AP2, 2018 100% Wool, Natural Dyed, 280 KPSI, Hand Knotted in Iran
266 x 265 cm
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7 in 1 《七合一》AP2 by Inga Svala Thórsdóttir & Wu Shanzhuan contemporary artwork textile
Inga Svala Thórsdóttir & Wu Shanzhuan 7 in 1 《七合一》AP2, 2018 100% Wool, Natural Dyed, 280 KPSI, Hand Knotted in Iran
260 x 240 cm
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A Corner of the Cause Library 《起因圖書館一角》AP2 by Inga Svala Thórsdóttir & Wu Shanzhuan contemporary artwork textile
Inga Svala Thórsdóttir & Wu Shanzhuan A Corner of the Cause Library 《起因圖書館一角》AP2, 2018 100% Wool, Natural Dyed, 280 KPSI, Hand Knotted in Iran
266 x 269 cm
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What A Form, Little Fat Flesh by Inga Svala Thórsdóttir & Wu Shanzhuan contemporary artwork print
Inga Svala Thórsdóttir & Wu Shanzhuan What A Form, Little Fat Flesh, 2013 Relief print, embossing, STPI handmade cotton paper
127 x 101 cm
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Seven Circles Little Fat Flesh (Stone Plate plus Screen Print) by Inga Svala Thórsdóttir & Wu Shanzhuan contemporary artwork mixed media
Inga Svala Thórsdóttir & Wu Shanzhuan Seven Circles Little Fat Flesh (Stone Plate plus Screen Print), 2013 Lithography, screen print, stonehenge cotton paper
73 x 55.5 cm
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Seven Circles Little Fat Flesh (Stone Plate) by Inga Svala Thórsdóttir & Wu Shanzhuan contemporary artwork mixed media
Inga Svala Thórsdóttir & Wu Shanzhuan Seven Circles Little Fat Flesh (Stone Plate), 2013 Lithography, stonehenge cotton paper
73 x 55.5 cm
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World Map - Arctic Fox Arc - Temperature War 2013 by Inga Svala Thórsdóttir & Wu Shanzhuan contemporary artwork mixed media
Inga Svala Thórsdóttir & Wu Shanzhuan World Map - Arctic Fox Arc - Temperature War 2013, 2013 Lithography, screen print, Fabriano 100% cotton paper
71.5 x 81 cm
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