9 - 30 July 1999
Curated by Richard Dale
Culminating in rigid formations, Zhang Huan's group performances use logic to defy logic —a pyramid of naked bodies, people standing motionless in water, people lying face down on the ground. While paralleling the rigidity and alienating effects of social structures, the performances express trauma. Trauma manifests itself in intense physical and emotional pain. It belongs both to the individual (Zhang Huan and his family) and to the collective (a nation emerging from the brutality of the Cultural Revolution, famine, political repression, ideological zeal, and the hardship of everyday life in China).