The installations of Zong Ning (b. 1984, Mongolia; lives and works in Beijing, China) combine painting, photography, and found objects, and in many cases performances, too. His works draw on Chinese culture yet also make reference to western culture. Zong Ning accentuates the traditional Chinese outlook in order to offer scathing criticism of modern Chinese society and of the ways by which it deals with issues such as moving away from family values, class differences, contempt of human life, materialistic aspirations and a growing distance from nature.
The installation’s form resembles that of a traditional Chinese garden, enclosed by walls and featuring plants, rocks, and water. It invites us to experience the installation as part of a process of endless becoming both in the world around us and within ourselves.