Xiaowen Zhu is a documentary filmmaker, media artist, curator and writer. Described as a visual poet, social critic, and aesthetic researcher, She uses video, photography, performance, installation and mixed media as platforms to communicate the complicated experience of being an international and to wrestle with the notion of a disembodied identity. Her questions are often raised from her observation and reflection as a critical thinker and an active communicator.

"I believe that in the matrix of worldly phenomenon and personal experience, there exists some fundamental truth that may explain the puzzle if we choose to look at things in an alternative way. Therefore, it is my goal to represent the different angle without actually telling the truth that I think is true."

Zhu is currently based in London, UK. She is the first receipt of the TASML Artist Residency Award and Marylyn Ginsburg Klaus Post-MFA Fellowship. 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. Prior to relocating to London, she taught video art in Syracuse University, NY and Marymount College, CA as visiting professor in addition to her art practice. Zhu was a curator at the Arcade Gallery and a guest curator at the Nuart Gallery in San Pedro, CA during her yearlong artist residency. She organized numerous media art exhibitions, artist talk, and film screenings internationally, including Venice Arts Gallery, Los Angeles; Chronus Art Center, Shanghai; Tongji University, Shanghai; Spark Art Space, Syracuse; Marymount College, Palos Verdes and more. Additionally, she is a writer for Art289 in Guangzhou, China and Wulun in New York, USA, as well as a contributor for QuestionArts Project in Los Angeles, USA. She received her MFA in Art Video from Syracuse University, USA and BA in Film, TV Production & Media Art from Tongji University, China.

Zhu’s work have been shown at Central Academy of Fine Arts Museum (Beijing China), Chronus Art Center (Shanghai, China), Art Basel Hongkong, ZKM | Center for Art and Media (Karlsruhe, Germany), V2_Institute for the Unstable Media (Rotterdam, the Netherlands), ISEA2011 (Istanbul, Turkey), Dumbo Arts Center (New York, USA), Videonale (Berlin, Germany), Museum of Contemporary Photography (Chicago, USA), Los Angeles Art Association (Los Angeles, USA), Venice Arts Gallery (Los Angeles, USA), Strozzina Art Space (Florence,Italy), Sainsbury Center for Visual Arts (Norwich, UK), Toronto Urban Film Festival (Toronto, Canada), DOK Munich (Munich, Germany), Film Winter (Stuttgart, Germany), Athens Video Art Festival (Athens, Greece), K3 Film Festival (Austria), Everson Museum of Art (Syracuse, USA), Shanghai eArts Festival(Shanghai, China) and more.




Exhibitions // Screenings

The 2nd "CAFAM Future" Exhibition – the Reality Representation of Chinese Young Art,
The Central Academy of Fine Arts Museum, Beijing, China

"Now In Reverse", Hundred Years Gallery, London, United Kingdom, 4-21 December, 2014
Videoart Festival Miden Kalamata Greece - 3-5 July 2014
Syracuse International Film and Media Festival Syracuse/Italy August 2014
Waterpieces Video & Art Festival Riga/Latvia - 15-17 August 2015
MIVA _ International Videoart Festival Quito/Peru - 25 August - 14 Sept 2014
Institut fuer Alles Mögliche Berlin/Germany - 4 September 2014
"Damen und Herren" e.V. Düsseldorf/Germany - 10 September 2014
Muza Plus - a space for art Tel-Aviv/Israel - 13 September 2014
Onomato e.V. Düsseldorf/Gerrmany - 25 September 2014
Athens International Videoart Festival (Greece) - 3-5 Oct 2014
VideoBabel - International Audiovisual Festival Cuzco/Peru (Oct 2014)
EuroShorts Film Festival Gdansk/PL (Nov 2014)
Euro Shorts Film Festival Warsaw/Poland (Nov 2014)
Torrance Art Museum Los Angeles/USA (Dec 2014)
40+4 Art Is Not Enough! Not Enough! – Chronus Art Center, Shanghai, China, August 8 - August 27
Venice Arts Gallery Summer Juried Exhibition: Ecotone | Boundaries, Tensions, Integrations, Los Angeles, USA, August 2 - September 20
The New Baroque Group Exhibition juried by Martha Otero, Gallery 825 – Los Angeles Art Association, Los Angeles, USA, March 22 - April 18, 2014

Moving Image Art Screening Series, Armory Center for the Arts – Pasadena, USA, 11.22.2013
17th International Video Festival VIDEOMEDEJA – Novi Sad, Serbia, 11.29-12.1.2013.
Now what #2 , films, video, moving image performances program, Microscope Gallery
– New York, USA, 08.01.2013
"Place/Non-place: Locality in the Digital Age:, Venice Arts Gallery
– Venice, California, 06.29 - 08.16.2013
– Hongkong, China, 22.5.2013 - 22.6.2013
Art Basel Hongkong – Hongkong, China, 05.15.2013 - 05.18.2013
Move on Asia - Video Art in Asia 2002 to 2012
ZKM | Center for Art and Media
– Karlsruhe, Germany, 02.09–08.04, 2013
Gettin' off the Ground: Contemporary Stories from an American Community,
Angel's Gate Cultural Center
– San Pedro, USA, 05.2013

THERE IS NO WHY, SOLO EXHIBITION, The Arcade Gallery – San Pedro, USA 09.06-09.25
"those who believe in telekentics, raise my hand"
Propeller Centre for the Visual Arts
– Toronto, Canada 12.07, 2012
8th Budapest Short Film Festival – Budapest, Hungary, 09.04-09.09
KAMUNA 2012, ZKM | Center for Art and Media – Karlsruhe, Germany, 08.04
LICHTER OpenAir, Filmfest Frankfurt – Frankfurt, Germany, 07.12
A Virtual Memorial Phnom Penh 2012, META House Phnom Penh – Cambodia, 07.12-15
Videoart Festival Miden Kalamata – Greece, 07.5-6
Cologne One Minute Film Festival, Fundacion FIART – Madrid, Spain, 07.05
"Welcome to Tomorrow", Dumbo Arts Center – New York, USA, 05.23-27
MFA2012 SHOW, Syracuse University Art Gallery – Syracuse, USA, 04.05-05.13
14th Backup Festival – Weimar, Germany, 05.10-13
“Video Now!”, Everson Museum of Art – Syracuse, USA, 04.24
Collective Video Bohai – Frankfurt, Germany, 04.15-20
Lichter Filmfest Frankfurt International – Frankfurt, Germany, 03.27-04.01
"I like America and America Likes Me" Exhibition, XL Project Gallery – Syracuse, USA, 03.07-04.01
Videonale Festival Berlin – Berlin, Germany, 02.25

ISEA2011, International Symposium on Electronic Art (Istanbul, Turkey)
Test_Lab, V2_Institute for the Unstable Media (Rotterdam, the Netherlands)
Waterpieces Contemporary Art & Videoart Festival (Riga, Latvia)
Crosstalk Video Art Festival (Budapest, Hungary)
K3 International Short Film Festival (Villach, Austria)
Athens Video Art Festival (Athens, Greece)
Konstanz Short Film Festival (Konstanz, Germany)
Cologne International Videoart Festival (Cologne, Germany)
Fulldome Film Festival (Jena, Germany)
Stuttgart Filmwinter (Stuttgart, Germany)
FKN Mini-Video & Performance Festival (Nürtingen, Germany)
Spark Video, Spark Contemporary Art Space (Syracuse, USA)
Morocco International Student's Film Festival (Morocco)
“Video Now!” Everson Museum of Art (Syracuse, USA)
“Journey” XL Project Gallery (Syracuse, USA)

Toronto Urban Film Festival (Toronto, Canada)
"Double Infinity", Van Abbemuseum (Eindhoven, the Netherlands)
"Double Infinity", Shanghai EXPO Dutch Cultural Center (Shanghai, China)
DOK Munich, One-Minute Documentary Film Festival (Munich, Germany)
Zero Film Festival (Syracuse, USA)
Cologne International Videoart Festival (Cologne, Germany)
“Video Now!” Everson Museum of Art (Syracuse, USA)
Matrilineage Show, Spark Contemporary Art Space (Syracuse, USA)
"Nameless Child” Spark Contemporary Art Space (Syracuse, USA)
No Time To Think-Open Art Exhibition (Shanghai, China)
Global Identity-Screening of New Generation Visual Artists (Shanghai, China)
Kic Little World-Open Art Exhibition (Shanghai, China)

“Reversed Images” Museum of Contemporary Photography Chicago (Chicago, USA)
“China! China! China!” Sainsbury Center for Visual Arts (Norwich, UK)
Spark Video, Spark Contemporary Art Space (Syracuse, USA)

“Cina! Cina! Cina!” Strozzina Art Space (Florence, Italy)
Shanghai eArts Festival (Shanghai, China)

Xu Guangqi Film Festival (Shanghai, China)

“Dormitory Dreams” Festival Junger Talente (Frankfurt, Germany)

Artist Residency

June, 2012 - May 2013 Marylyn Ginsburg-Klaus Post MFA Artist Residency, San Pedro, USA
Jul. - Sep. 2011 V2_Institute for the Unstable Media, Rotterdam, the Netherlands
Dec. 2010 - Jan. 2011 ZKM | Center for Art and Media, Karlsruhe, Germany
Dec. 2009 - Jan. 2010 ZKM | Center for Art and Media, Karlsruhe, Germany

2012 Ginsburg Klaus Post-MFA Artist Fellowship (San Pedro, USA)
2012 MFA Graduate Scholarship Fellowship, Syracuse University (Syracuse, USA)
2012 Creative Opportunity Grant, Syracuse University (Syracuse, USA)
2011 TASML / DSL Residence Artist Award (Beijing, China)
2011 Creative Opportunity Grant, Syracuse University (Syracuse, USA)
2010 Jury Award, DOK Munich one-miniute Documentary Film Competition (Munich, Germany)
2010 Creative Grant, Syracuse University (Syracuse, USA)
2008 Best Short Film, Xu Guangqi Film Festival (Shanghai, China)

Performance // Artist Talk
2014 "Now in Reverse: Personal Narratives” Open Debate, Hundred Years Gallery, London, UK
2014 PANEL DISCUSSION: Mixed Reality / Exploration of Multi-media Documentary, Chronus Art Center, Shanghai, China
2014 LECTURE: Made in Shanghai, 40+4 Art Is Not Enough! Not Enough!, Chronus Art Center, Shanghai, China
2014 LOOP/NARRATIVE/MEDIA: A sharing session by SUMMER SESSION residency artists, Chronus Art Center, Shanghai, China
2014 ILovePhotography Lecture, University of California, Irvine, USA
2013 QuestionArtProject, 18th Street Art Center, Santa Monica, USA