Photo print in a LED illuminated folding-frame
Numbered and signed, 2014
Edition: 5 x 4 different photos,
(20 photos + 4 AP)
60 x 40 cm
Jia, actually Zhang Jia, is a young and unique artist from China. She is already represented in many well-known public and private collections. She was born in Beijing in 1979. She completed her studies of architecture at the North China University of Technology in Beijing. In 2008, Jia finished her degree of Traditional Chinese Theatre at the Chinese National Academy of Art in Beijing.
In her work, Jia often takes ideas that originate in the Western culture, such as the text-centric, conceptual art. But regarding the formal aspect, she interprets the Chinese paradigms anew, e.g. by using a composition of the Chinese calligraphy patterns or a projection system of the classical Chinese landscapes. The suspense between the formal and the conceptual elements in her work serves as criticism towards both cultures, China and the West. For her work, the artist mostly chooses an apparently beautiful view in order to represent the cruel reality.
“When there is light, we have hope. No matter how long I have to go on, I believe in the future”, says the artist.
Her work has been exhibited in Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art, Los Angeles, in Deichtorhallen, Hamburg, in the collection Gregor von Bismarck and at the Shanghai Biennale. Currently, she works in Berlin and Hangzhou.
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