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WEN PULIN & ZANG HONGHUA

WEN PULIN: b. 1957, Shenyang, China
ZANG HONSHU: b. 1977, Yantai, China
Lives and works in Beijing, China

Singapore Biennale 2016 Artists WEN PULIN & ZANG HONGHUA

Singapore Biennale 2016 Artists WEN PULIN & ZANG HONGHUA

Singapore Biennale 2016 Artists WEN PULIN & ZANG HONGHUA

 

Seven Sins: Seven Performances during the 1989 China Avant-Garde Exhibition, 1989–2009

Single-channel video
Duration 51:52 mins
Collection of the Artist

China Action, 1999

Single-channel video
Duration 56:39 mins
Collection of the Artist

Ling Long Tower, 2015

Single-channel video
Duration 1:32:31 mins
Collection of the Artist

These three films record many cherished and critical moments in the development of Chinese contemporary art. Wen Pulin’s Seven Sins: Seven Performances during the 1989 China Avant-Garde Exhibition presents seven unsolicited acts performed at the National Art Museum of China on 5 February 1989, including Xiao Lu’s gun-shooting performance Dialogue, which stirred interest in international art circles.

China Action is another of Wen’s signature works, documenting the Beijing-centred yet nationally influential art movements of the 1980s and 1990s, with a particular focus on the emergence of performance art and its impact on contemporary art.

Ling Long Tower by Zang Honghua is inspired by Wen’s two films and investigates the Songzhuang Artists Village in Beijing. These three films capture the Chinese art world from the 1980s to 2011 in a humorous and quick-witted style, as it vigorously yet chaotically evolved from its earlier ‘wild’ state into a mature presence in the global art world.