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Autobiography: a Cantonese Girl on the Western Art Stage

Updated Beijing Time

 

 

Famous Chinese young female artist O Zhang (张鸥) has brought her new book “An Empire Where the Moon Light Never Fades--From the Central Academy of Art to the Royal College of Art”《月光不落帝国-从中央美院到皇家美院》 to hometown Guangzhou last night (January 18) at Xooyo Book Store, and shared her study and work experience in London and New York with readers and friends. Dr. Uli Sigg & Mr. Xu Bing have written comments and preface for the book.

From her first few years in an adopted Tujia (minority ethnic) family in Hunan, to her education in Guangzhou and Beijing, and then in London, O Zhang's story of success is unique. This book follows her overseas experiences in London and New York, her struggles as a young female artist, and her emerging success in the international art world. Zhang serves as a good example to encourage Chinese youth to go out from China, to seek out and explore the outside world for themselves. The book includes success stories of other people who Zhang interviews -- film director John Waters and artist/architect Maya Lin among others. The book uses the story of Zhang married to the descendant of the former president of United States as an ending. O Zhang mixes her thoughts on painting, photography and literature along with her personal life stories. 
 



O Zhang was born on Nov 23, 1976 in Guangzhou. As a Chinese artist based in New York, she is best known for her photographs depicting Chinese youth, paintings, short films and installations.

Zhang studied art at the Guangzhou Children's Palace, the Guangzhou Academy of Art affiliate Middle School and at nineteen she left Guangzhou to attend the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing.

She moved to London and earned two MAs, the first in Fine Arts from Byam Shaw, St. Martins School of Art in Fine Arts, and the second from the Royal College of Art in Photography.

In 2004 Zhang moved to New York City. She is represented by Pekin Fine Arts in Beijing and CRG Gallery in New York.

Zhang is a participant in the Artists Residency Program at Queens Museum of Art, New York and is the recipient of fellowships from the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center, and the Wilson Centre for Photography. She was awarded the Fuji Film Student Award and The Royal College of Photography Graduate Award and was nominated/short-listed for The Chinese Contemporary Art Award, Beck's Futures Award, The Creative Capital Awards and The Louis Comfort Biennial Award. Zhang was the first student from mainland China to receive the Royal College of Art MA Photography degree which requires an approval honor by Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.


The World is Yours (But Also Ours) : depict Chinese youth wearing American-style tee-shirts featuring "Chinglish" text and appended with slogans in bold graphic Chinese.



Horizon : In the remote countryside the innocent female child is in a position of powerlessness, though here they are formed into a collective body and from it their collective naïve gaze questions the outside world with a clear magnitude and power of its own.



Daddy & I : portraits of American men with their adopted Chinese daughters.


(Reported by Zhu Yanshan)

Source: Lifeofguangzhou.com

Editor: Zhu Yanshan

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