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Sharjah Biennial 14: Leaving the Echo Chamber Ocula Report Sharjah Biennial 14: Leaving the Echo Chamber 15 Mar 2019 : Stephanie Bailey for Ocula

In Meiro Koizumi's three-channel video installation, The Angels of Testimony (2019), the central frame features an interview with Hajime Kondo about his time as a solider of the Imperial Japanese Army during the Second Sino-Japanese War. The conversation centres on war crimes perpetrated in China, including the beheading of Chinese prisoners for...

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Diana Campbell Betancourt Ocula Conversation Diana Campbell Betancourt

Diana Campbell Betancourt is a curator working predominantly across South and Southeast Asia. Since 2013 she has been the founding artistic director of the Samdani Art Foundation and chief curator of the Dhaka Art Summit in Dhaka, Bangladesh, a transnational art event that has grown in size and scale ever since its first edition in 2012. Backed by...

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Chinternet Ugly at Manchester’s Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art Ocula Report Chinternet Ugly at Manchester’s Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art 7 Mar 2019 : Mike Pinnington for Ocula

China, home to 802 million internet users, is subject to sophisticated online censorship. This shrouded state of affairs, unsurprisingly perhaps, serves to reinforce stereotypes around conformity elsewhere. Any realm, digital or otherwise, subject to such strict scrutiny must necessarily be bland and uncritical, right? I was mulling over such...

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Zhang Peili

b. 1957, China

Zhang Peili was born in 1957 in Hangzhou, China. He graduated from the National Academy of Fine Arts in Hangzhou in 1984 with a degree in oil painting. In the 1980s, he was a founding member of the artists' collective “Pond Society,” and acted as a cornerstone of the avant-garde movement in Hangzhou.

Considered the father of video art in China because of his groundbreaking work in the late 1980s and early 1990s, he is currently the dean of the New Media Department of the China Academy of Fine Arts in Hangzhou. In the first years of this century, he devoted much of his attentions to art education in China, and counts numerous important video, photography, and new media artists among his former students. In the past several years he has returned to a more intensive artistic practice.

His earlier works experimented with an aesthetics of boredom and have treated themes of social and political control. Zhang Peili’s work is always implicitly political, and he is infamous for his incisive use of irony that maintains a consistently mocking tone without descending into satire. His more recent work interrogates viewing conventions, perceptions of time, and notions of progress through the remixing and editing of found footage; it also challenges the boundaries of media art, having focused on complex video installations for the past ten years.

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Featured Artworks

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Uncertain Pleasure (I) by Zhang Peili contemporary artwork Zhang PeiliUncertain Pleasure (I), 1996 Video still
Asia Art Archive
Open Video- From my wechat moments 公开的视频-源自我的微信朋友圈 by Zhang Peili contemporary artwork Zhang PeiliOpen Video- From my wechat moments 公开的视频-源自我的微信朋友圈, 2018 Sofa (provided by wir design), 15-inch display, HD player, Raspberry PI video controller, pressure sensing control system, video switching system, video files downloaded from WeChat Moments
Boers-Li Gallery
The Front View of an Apartment Building by Zhang Peili contemporary artwork Zhang PeiliThe Front View of an Apartment Building, 2013 Single-channel video, 24min, mute, color
Boers-Li Gallery
The Front View of an Apartment Building 正面拍摄的公寓 by Zhang Peili contemporary artwork Zhang PeiliThe Front View of an Apartment Building 正面拍摄的公寓, 2013 Single-channel video, 30 minutes, mute
Boers-Li Gallery
Audible Mattress 音响床垫 by Zhang Peili contemporary artwork Zhang PeiliAudible Mattress 音响床垫, 2018 New and old mattresses, pressure sensing controller, voice player, power amplifier, speakers
Boers-Li Gallery
Access Control System 门禁系统 by Zhang Peili contemporary artwork Zhang PeiliAccess Control System 门禁系统, 2018 Programmable logic controller, automated valve, nickel-plated iron railings, emergency stop system variable dimensions
Boers-Li Gallery
Open Video - From My WeChat Moments 公开的视频-源自我的微信朋友圈 by Zhang Peili contemporary artwork Zhang PeiliOpen Video - From My WeChat Moments 公开的视频-源自我的微信朋友圈, 2018 Video file downloaded from WeChat Moments, pressure sensing control system, video switching system, HD player, Raspberry PI video controller, 15-inch display variable dimensions
Boers-Li Gallery
One-Thousandth of a Second to One Second by Zhang Peili contemporary artwork Zhang PeiliOne-Thousandth of a Second to One Second, 1995 10 colour photographs and electric fan
Boers-Li Gallery

Current & Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, The Body Collective: Performance Art Histories at Asia Art Archive, Hong Kong
Opening Soon
27–31 March 2019 Group Exhibition The Body Collective: Performance Art Histories Asia Art Archive, Hong Kong
Contemporary art exhibition, Zhang Peili, Now That 既然 at Boers-Li Gallery, Beijing
Closed
27 October 2018–13 January 2019 Zhang Peili Now That 既然 Boers-Li Gallery, Beijing

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Dr Uli Sigg Ocula Conversation Dr Uli Sigg Collector

When Sydney art dealer Ray Hughes visited Swiss collector Uli Sigg at his Mauensee residence near Lucerne some years ago, a mutual friend asked the dealer how the visit went. ‘Did you feel comfortable and find a place to kick your feet up and read?’ ‘No, to both,’ answered Hughes, ‘it seems there was only art...

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Zhang Peili Ocula Conversation Zhang Peili Artist and Director of OCAT Shanghai, China

In terms of Chinese video art, Zhang Peili is omnipresent: he’s celebrated as a pioneering practitioner, he teaches it as a professor at the China Academy of Art, and he’s instrumental in getting it shown as Director of OCAT Shanghai, the city’s leading art space for video. In September of this year, Zhang also curated a...

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Doryun Chong Ocula Conversation Doryun Chong Chief Curator, M+, Hong Kong

Doryun Chong is Chief Curator at M+, Hong Kong’s super museum for visual culture. Prior to joining M+, Chong was Associate Curator of Painting and Sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York, and prior to that, he was a curator in the visual arts department at Minneapolis’ Walker Art Center from 2003 to 2009. At MoMA,...

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Doryun Chong Ocula Conversation Doryun Chong Chief Curator, M+, Hong Kong

Doryun Chong is Chief Curator at M+, Hong Kong’s super museum for visual culture. Prior to joining M+, Chong was Associate Curator of Painting and Sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York, and prior to that, he was a curator in the visual arts department at Minneapolis’ Walker Art Center from 2003 to 2009. At MoMA,...

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From Innovation to Provocation, China’s Artists on a Global Path Related Press From Innovation to Provocation, China’s Artists on a Global Path The New York Times : 6 October 2017

Strange to say, although China has 1.4 billion people, it has only one artist, Ai Weiwei. Or so you'd think if you followed the Western news media. Art and China after 1989: Theater of the World at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum wants to correct that impression. With work by some 70 Chinese-born artists and collectives filling most of the museum,...

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Discussion on video art research in the context of globalisation: 'Time Test' is unveiled Related Press Discussion on video art research in the context of globalisation: 'Time Test' is unveiled CAFA ART INFO : 12 July 2016

At 2:30 pm on July 2, 2016, Time Test – International Video Art Research Exhibition was unveiled at CAFA Art Museum. The exhibition is jointly hosted by Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University East Lansing, Michigan, U.S.A. and CAFA Art Museum. In the axis of the development course of the video art, the project presents...

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Irreverent beauty: A retrospective look at Zhang Peili’s most recent work Related Press Irreverent beauty: A retrospective look at Zhang Peili’s most recent work Randian : 4 May 2016

Upon the 30th anniversary of the much-revered ’85 New Wave movement, China is in the middle of a similar explosion of contemporary artistic activity. Dozens of exhibitions are happening all over the country, many outside the Beijing-Shanghai mega centres, at a level of enthusiasm and public participation hardly seen before. However, ’85...

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M+ Sigg Collection Exhibition Related Press M+ Sigg Collection Exhibition WestKowloon : 24 February 2016

Comprising more than eighty works by fifty artists – including Ai Weiwei, Fang Lijun, Geng Jianyi, Huang Yong Ping, Zhang Peili, and Zhang Xiaogang – this is the first-ever chronological exhibition about the emergence of Chinese contemporary art. It shows both the development of Chinese contemporary art and a glimpse of the collection...

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