Zhang Dali

Chinese, born 1963

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Zhang Dali

Chinese, born 1963

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Zhang Dali (張大力) explains that his work is “a means of interacting with and memorializing the temporary environment that surrounds me in Beijing.” His conceptual pieces, which range in medium from photography to installation, inspect contemporary Chinese culture and its history. In 2003, Zhang won recognition for his series “A Second History,” featuring photographs that were altered for censorship during the Cultural Revolution. Between 2003 and 2005, he made life-size resin casts of 100 immigrant workers, which he numbered and strung from the ceiling in a piece called Chinese Offspring. Zhang has also been known to make grafitti portraits of Communist Party members in public spaces around Beijing—works that have not only caused conflicts between the artist and public authorities, but have also been deemed anti-patriotic by the government.

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Biography

Zhang Dali (張大力) explains that his work is “a means of interacting with and memorializing the temporary environment that surrounds me in Beijing.” His conceptual pieces, which range in medium from photography to installation, inspect contemporary Chinese culture and its history. In 2003, Zhang won recognition for his series “A Second History,” featuring photographs that were altered for censorship during the Cultural Revolution. Between 2003 and 2005, he made life-size resin casts of 100 immigrant workers, which he numbered and strung from the ceiling in a piece called Chinese Offspring. Zhang has also been known to make grafitti portraits of Communist Party members in public spaces around Beijing—works that have not only caused conflicts between the artist and public authorities, but have also been deemed anti-patriotic by the government.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 3 more
Instituion
Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Art in America, and 3 more
fair
Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale National Pavilion, and 1 more
Articles Featuring Zhang Dali
Zhang Dali Documents a Disappearing Metropolis
Jun 11th, 2015
11 Must-See Shows in Early 2015
Jan 19th, 2015
Tiananmen Square Under the Lens, In the Work of Zhang Dali
Jul 10th, 2014
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