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Xiaowen Zhu | Dualism: Curtain


Xiaowen Zhu | Dualism: Curtain

30cm x 40cm (12" x 16"), archival pigment print on Hahnemuele Fine Art Photo Rag

Limited Edition of 10     

About the artist

Xiaowen Zhu is a Berlin-based artist and writer. She considers herself a visual poet, social critic, and aesthetic researcher. Her work is concerned with how things and beings migrate across time (historical and contemporary) and space (borders and boundaries) with a particular interest in personal witness and testimony.

Xiaowen has received numerous awards, including TASML Artist Residency Award, Marylyn Ginsburg Klaus Fellowship, Jury Award of DOK Munich, and the Jury Award of Mexico International Documentary Film Festival, among others. She was an artist-in-residence at ZKM | Center for Art and Media, Karlsruhe, Germany, and V2_Institute for the Unstable Media, Rotterdam, the Netherlands. She was a visiting artist-filmmaker at Rhode Island School of Design, New York University, University of Southern California, University of California, Los Angeles, Lund University, University of Westminster, Tongji University, Tsinghua University, and Fudan University. 

Xiaowen’s work has been widely shown internationally, including at the Fowler Museum (Los Angeles, USA), the USC Pacific Asia Museum (Los Angeles, USA), Lund Museum (Lund, Sweden), Berlin Art Week, ZKM | Center for Art and Media (Karlsruhe, Germany), Whitechapel Gallery (London, UK), Whitstable Biennale (Whitstable, UK), Central Academy of Fine Arts Museum (Beijing China), Chronus Art Center (Shanghai, China) and Art Basel Hong Kong.

Our co-founder Kitty Dinshaw recently interviewed Xiaowen for our blog. Find out more about this fascinating artist here: Where is Home? An Interview with Xiaowen Zhu

Artist Statement

Dualism captures overlooked objects and space in daily life. At first, I was interested in documenting random space in urban environment in Southern California: abandoned oil refinery, residential areas in industrial districts, building façades, and architectural components. Then I began investigating the relationship between reality and representation through nuanced manipulation of the images. 

This series attempts to raise open-ended questions in relation to subjectivity, perception, and reflection. I intentionally mixed manipulated images with untouched photos, in an effort to blur even further the boundary between the real and unreal. This process does not only echo my understanding of constructed reality, but also challenges my own position as the creator and narrator.