Zhang Xiao 张晓, ‘They No.1’, 2006, Blindspot Gallery

They series (2006-2008) won Zhang the Three Shadows Photography Award in 2010 which first gained him international attention. Taken in Chongqing, the biggest and fastest-growing city in China, the characters in They are the ordinary people in daily life – they carry out all kinds of mundane activities in public venues. In the images, these ordinary people seem departed from reality and entered a performance state. The images perhaps reveal the loss of balance and normality caused by the rapid development of modern Chinese society.

About Zhang Xiao 张晓