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Zhang Ding Biography

Unapologetically voyeuristic, Zhang Ding's film installation Pry explores the relationship between the viewer and the viewed, superiority and inferiority, exploiter and exploited. This is done with rare sensitivity and non-judgmental loyalty towards featured destinies, all of which share a common denominator of difference. These differences are manifested sexually, religiously and politically, and often with severe consequences to the protagonists. The installation, which also incorporates photographs, belongs to the tradition of socially conscious documentary film. Most touching and thought provoking is the story of a middle-aged transvestite, including burlesque anecdotes about his homoerotic, at times excessive, experiences. His story reveals a life that society would criticize as degenerate. Yet, Zhang Ding presents it as a life lived with both joy and pain. The featured characters' narratives speak for themselves without resorting to stereotypical or condescending commentary. Zhang Ding's intention is almost celebratory in allowing the audience a rare glimpse into lives of human beings that have, against all odds, managed to maintain their pride and self-respect. The tone of the different films differs slightly; some are more introspective than others. The one trait all interviewees share is their stigmatized identity and being in a film that serves as a venue for them to finally have a voice equal to speak out against the vast majority. The series will eventually consist of seven films. So far, three have been completed.

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Zhang Ding's interest in the personal stories of anonymous individuals can be seen in his archival project on missing persons. Here, he appropriates the visual imagery of missing people by photographing missing person flyers, often spotted in nearby public spaces. He paradoxically stresses the uncertainty, while manifesting the image of the lost person through a second representation. It is an archival impulse that reveals an interest in memory, loss and personal narratives.

Zhang Ding was born in 1980 in Gansu. He resides and works in Shanghai. He graduated from the North West Minority University, Oil Painting Department in 2003. He studied at the China Academy of Fine Arts, New Media Art from 2003 to 2004. Recent exhibitions include: Buddha Jumps over the Wall, Top Contemporary Art Centre, Shanghai (2012); Opening, Zhang Ding Solo Exhibition, ShanghART H-Space, Shanghai (2011); Huge Character, Cooperation Project by SUN Xun, TANG Maohong, ZHANG Ding, ShanghART Beijing, Beijing (2011); China Power Station - Part 4, Pinacoteca Agnelli, Torino, Italy (2010); Shanghai Kino, KUNSTHALLE BERN, Switzerland (2009); ZhangDing, Wind, Krinzinger Projecte, Vienna, Austria (2008); China Power Station: Part II, Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Oslo, Norway (2007); Big City and A Lot of Ash – A Lot of Dust, BizArt Center, Shanghai (2005) and First International Biennale of Contemporary Chinese Art: MC1, Montpellier, France (2005).

Exhibition view: Group Exhibition, Cache: From B to Z, ShanghART, Shanghai (12 April–30 August 2020). Courtesy ShanghART.

Zhang Ding Featured Artworks

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SAFE HOUSE #6 by Zhang Ding contemporary artwork
Zhang DingSAFE HOUSE #6, 2019Giclee print on aluminium
200 x 150 x 5 cm
Galerie Krinzinger Contact Gallery
GOLD CAN MOVE THE GOD by Zhang Ding contemporary artwork
Zhang DingGOLD CAN MOVE THE GOD, 2017Stainless steel plated golden-titanium
317.8 x 330 x 60 cm
ShanghART Contact Gallery
The Kind of Need—Exoticism—2 一种需要—情调—2 by Zhang Ding contemporary artwork
Zhang DingThe Kind of Need—Exoticism—2 一种需要—情调—2, 2017Stainless steel, UV printing, mirror stainless steel
ShanghART Contact Gallery
Spinning Cube by Zhang Ding contemporary artwork
Zhang DingSpinning Cube, 2016Stainless steel box plates 24k gold, motor
200 x 100 x 100 cm
ShanghART Contact Gallery
The Kind of Need ¨C 3 by Zhang Ding contemporary artwork
Zhang DingThe Kind of Need ¨C 3, 2015Silkscreen, stainless steel plated 24k gold
60 x 45 x 3 cm
ShanghART Contact Gallery
The Other Kind of Need - 1 by Zhang Ding contemporary artwork
Zhang DingThe Other Kind of Need - 1, 2015Silkscreen print, 24k gold leaf, 0.4mm aluminium sheet
98 x 68 cm
ShanghART Contact Gallery
Buddha jumps over the wall - Rooster by Zhang Ding contemporary artwork
Zhang DingBuddha jumps over the wall - Rooster, 2012Colour inkjet photograph,
93 x 62 cm
ShanghART Contact Gallery
Buddha jumps over the wall I by Zhang Ding contemporary artwork
Zhang DingBuddha jumps over the wall I, 2012Colour inkjet photograph,
119.5 x 159.5 cm
ShanghART Contact Gallery

Zhang Ding Current & Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Cache: From B to Z at ShanghART, Shanghai
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12 April–30 August 2020 Group Exhibition Cache: From B to Z ShanghARTWestbund, Shanghai
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Summer Wind Flirts among Words 夏风惹来一堆字 at ShanghART, Shanghai
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27 July–28 August 2019 Group Exhibition Summer Wind Flirts among Words 夏风惹来一堆字 ShanghARTWestbund, Shanghai
Contemporary art exhibition, Group exhibition, Side Lanes 辅路 at ShanghART, Shanghai
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18 January–24 February 2019 Group exhibition Side Lanes 辅路 ShanghARTWestbund, Shanghai

Zhang Ding Represented By

ShanghART contemporary art gallery in Singapore ShanghART Beijing, Shanghai, Singapore

Zhang Ding In Ocula Magazine

Zhang Ding’s High-Speed Forms at OCAT Shanghai Ocula Insight Zhang Ding’s High-Speed Forms at OCAT Shanghai By Sam Gaskin, Shanghai

Modified mobility scooters steer viewers down a simulated highway in High-Speed Forms, Zhang Ding 's solo show at the new OCAT Shanghai in Sunken Garden, a short walk from its previous location north of Suzhou Creek (19 October 2019–8 March 2020). Sat in self-driving chairs, which make turns by reading reflective stickers on the ground, visitors...

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Shanghai Museum Shows: “Myth / History II” at the Yuz Museum and “Xu Zhen Solo Show” at the Long Museum Ocula Report Shanghai Museum Shows: “Myth / History II” at the Yuz Museum and “Xu Zhen Solo Show” at the Long Museum By Sam Gaskin, Shanghai

Both shows are milestone moments in the institutions’ development. The massive museums—each with about 10,000 square metres of space—are learning to stand.

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Zhang Ding In Related Press

'The Dynamics': Chinese multimedia art at ShanghART in Singapore Related Press 'The Dynamics': Chinese multimedia art at ShanghART in Singapore 16 November 2016, Art Radar Journal

Mention new media art, and the first things which might come to mind are a sense of ephemerality and insubstantiality – the evanescence of artworks which exist, in some sense, as particular arrangements of bits. Not so with The Dynamics, a largely new media-based group exhibition at Singapore’s ShanghART gallery, which places some...

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Building Empire - Australians in Hong Kong Related Press Building Empire - Australians in Hong Kong 16 February 2016, Visual Arts Hub

Last week the list of artists to participate in Encounters was announced, Art Basel Hong Kong’s platform for major sculptural installations. The section is a cornerstone of the leading Asian art fair and one that has established its distinctive ​edge in this competitive market. Australian curator Alexie Glass-Kantor, Director of Artspace in...

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ICA and K11 Art Foundation present Zhang Ding: 'Enter the Dragon' Related Press ICA and K11 Art Foundation present Zhang Ding: 'Enter the Dragon' 7 October 2015, Ocula

The ICA and K11 Art Foundation today announced the details of the performance programme for Enter the Dragon, the first solo UK institutional project by Chinese artist Zhang Ding, which runs from 12-25 October 2015. Consisting of a series of daily performances and spontaneous collaborations over a two-week period, the programme will showcase...

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CHINA 8: a survey of contemporary Chinese Art in Germany Related Press CHINA 8: a survey of contemporary Chinese Art in Germany 14 July 2015, CHINA 8

Press release courtesy of CHINA 8. Eight cities along the Rhine and Ruhr, nine museums, around 120 artists - the CHINA 8 exhibition is the most comprehensive survey of contemporary Chinese art held in Germany to date. Alongside established artists, the positions of younger and newly emerging artists are also represented. Nine museums in...

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