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.Read More
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.
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