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b. 1960, China

Zhou Xiaohu Biography

Zhou Xiaohu was one of the first contemporary artists in China to work experimentally with sculptural ideas of video and animation. With a background in sculpture, oil painting and graphic design, Zhou's work is a dynamic combination of these mediums, reflecting a world in which technology rules and the media is the pinnacle of propaganda and public influence.

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Best known are Zhou Xiaohu's clay-mation sculptural installations that showcase meticulously worked video dramas taken from news stories and fictional events, enclosed inside sculptural sets composed of clay figurines (the 'characters' used in each clay-mation).  Referencing scenes of war, terrorism, international summit meetings, and natural disasters, Zhou satirizes the level of media-control in a digital age, in which public opinion can be manipulated through documented news, and where scenes of war, torture and famine have become commonplace and cease to shock.

The work of Zhou Xiaohu was included in the historically significant exhibitions Shanghai Biennale 2000 and Between Past and Future: New Photography and Video from China in 2004. His work has been exhibited at Tate Liverpool, Liverpool, UK; Kunst Museum, Bern, Switzerland; Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai, China; and the International Center of Photography, New York, USA and the Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig, Wien, Austria.  He has also participated in such art expositions as the Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, Brisbane, Australia in 2006; the Sevilla International Art Biennale, Seville, Spain, in 2004; and the Shanghai Biennale in 2000.

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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 12 July 2016, CAFA ART INFO

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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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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Germany opens its largest-ever show of modern Chinese art Related Press Germany opens its largest-ever show of modern Chinese art 22 May 2015, Deutsche Welle

There's never before been an exhibition of contemporary Chinese art of this magnitude: Eight cities, nine museums, 120 artists, 500 works. For audiences in Germany, the question is on the tip of their tongues: Just how much influence did Chinese officials play in the making of " China 8," which opens to the public on May 14 and...

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New Contemporary Art Museum Opens In Shanghai Related Press New Contemporary Art Museum Opens In Shanghai 23 December 2014, by Lisa Movius for The Art Newspaper / 19 Dec. 2014

The Shanghai Twenty-First Century Minsheng Art Museum (M21) is the privately owned Minsheng Banking Corporation’s second and largest contemporary art museum in Shanghai. Housed in the former French Pavilion of the 2010 World Expo, designed by Jacques Ferrier as a temporary structure and overhauled into a museum by Zhu Pei, it is much further...

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