Where is Home? An Interview with Xiaowen Zhu | 何处是家? 朱晓闻访谈

In April 2020, British curator Kitty Dinshaw interviewed me. The Chinese text below is translated from the original English version. 今年四月,英国策展人凯蒂·迪肖 采访了我,以下中文部分为英文原文的翻译。 I've always loved talking to Xiaowen. She has such a unique point of view, and I love how she makes art. Her work has an intellectual and emotional resonance that is very specific to each individual. It is full of tiny, consequential details but also a product of large urban environments: London, Berlin, Los Angeles. 我一向很喜欢和晓闻对话,不仅因为她观点独特,同时我也很欣赏她的艺术创作方式。她的作品在每个人身上都能引发独特的智性和情感共鸣——它们充满了微小而相关联的细节,同时又是大都市环境的产物:伦敦、柏林、洛杉矶。 In the first few strange weeks of lockdown, I was fascinated by how Xiaowen was making work, how she was sti

Forthcoming Publication: Oriental Silk

My artist book Oriental Silk will be published by Hatje Cantz in November, 2020. Can corporate history be art? This question can only be asked if one is not familiar with the fascinating long-term project by the Chinese artist Xiaowen Zhu. Anyone who has experienced Oriental Silk will answer this question with a clear “yes.” The project’s title is also the name of a company founded in Los Angeles in the early 1970s. Specializing in trading and distributing silks, it was headed for decades by Kenneth Wong and his family. Through her multi-sensory works Zhu opens up a multifaceted view of a firm that is distinguished, like its silk products, through its own haptics, style, colors, and values.

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