Zhang Xiao
Mother and Neighbours

Zhang Xiao

b. 1981, Yantai, Shandong Province, China

Zhang Xiao’s works between 2006 and 2013 often reveal his unique understanding of today’s China and a sense of surrealism that precisely capture the absurdity in the country due to rampant economic changes. The snapshot aesthetic and adoption of ordinary people from daily settings as protagonists are the common threads through his two iconic series They and Coastline.

Zhang’s works from 2012 to present mark his shifting focus from the portrayal of life in contemporary China in his previous series Coastline (2009-2013) and They (2006-2008) to reflections on his homecoming, and the experiences and presences that surround it. It also demonstrates the artist’s use of a wider range of media in his creative repertoire.


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