Do You Also Belong to Different Places at the Same Time?
This talk presents artist Zhu Xiaowen’s diverse practice as a visual poet, social critic, and aesthetic researcher.
Zhu Xiaowen’s work, spanning video art, photography, writing, and installation, is concerned with how things and beings migrate across time (historical and temporary) and space (borders and boundaries) with a particular interest in personal witness and testimony. Having spent nearly half of her life living as a diasporic Chinese, she views herself as a flâneuse, a female equivalent to the flâneur, who encounters people, places, and objects while always on the move. Through her lens and interpretations, a multi-channel reality is unfold with tangible yet often fragmented elements, thus to communicate the complex, transcultural movements in our contemporary society. Everybody is going to move, on the move, or has moved – in this sense, everybody is a migrant. The question is, do we belong to different places at the same time? In constant movements, how do we construct a narrative that is stable enough for us to understand where we are, and yet, open enough for us to imagine where we are going?
Zhu Xiaowen is a Shanghai-born and Berlin-based artist and writer. She has received numerous awards, including TASML Artist Residency Award, Marylyn Ginsburg Klaus Fellowship, Jury Award of DOK Munich, among others. She was a visiting artist at Rhode Island School of Design, New York University, University of Southern California, University of California, Los Angeles, Lund University, University of Westminster, British Film Institute, Tongji University, Tsinghua University, and Fudan University. Zhu’s work has been widely shown internationally, including Fowler Museum (Los Angeles, USA), USC Pacific Asia Museum (Pasadena, USA), Museum of Contemporary Photography (Chicago, USA), Whitechapel Gallery (London, UK), Whitstable Biennale (Whitstable, UK), Central Academy of Fine Arts Museum (Beijing, China), Chronus Art Center (Shanghai, China), Strozzina Art Space (Florence,Italy), ZKM | Center for Art and Media (Karlsruhe, Germany), V2_Institute for the Unstable Media (Rotterdam, the Netherlands) and more. She is the Assistant Director of Times Art Center Berlin, the first parallel institution founded by an Asia-based contemporary art museum in Europe, namely the Guangdong Times Museum.