Zhang Ding

Chinese, b. 1980

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Zhang Ding

Chinese, b. 1980

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“Most Chinese artists have a rational approach toward the making of artworks,” says Zhang Ding. “I thought that if I just followed my feelings then my work would be different; or at least more real.” In his large-scale mixed-media installations, often incorporating video and interactive components, Zhang explores ethnic tensions, the plight of migrant workers, and marginal urban culture that lurk in the recesses of Chinese society. For example, the installation Tools (2007) contained video depicting a cactus and man’s various attempts to breach its thorny defense structure, often violently. A metaphor for the marginalized who must rely on dogged determination to survive; ultimately it is water, a seemingly benign substance, that vanquishes the plant. Zhang is influenced by the fantastical style of Italian filmmaker Federico Fellini.

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Biography

“Most Chinese artists have a rational approach toward the making of artworks,” says Zhang Ding. “I thought that if I just followed my feelings then my work would be different; or at least more real.” In his large-scale mixed-media installations, often incorporating video and interactive components, Zhang explores ethnic tensions, the plight of migrant workers, and marginal urban culture that lurk in the recesses of Chinese society. For example, the installation Tools (2007) contained video depicting a cactus and man’s various attempts to breach its thorny defense structure, often violently. A metaphor for the marginalized who must rely on dogged determination to survive; ultimately it is water, a seemingly benign substance, that vanquishes the plant. Zhang is influenced by the fantastical style of Italian filmmaker Federico Fellini.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Blue chip status
Blue chip representation
Represented by internationally reputable galleries.
User
Solo show at a major institution
ICA London, and 1 more
Group
Group show at a major institution
UCCA
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Art in America, and 1 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Biennale de Lyon, and 1 more
Articles Featuring Zhang Ding
Philip Tinari Presents China’s Next Generation of Artists
Feb 28th, 2014
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