Xiaowen Zhu: Explorer of Time, Heritage and Memory
Written by Yinsey Wang
XIAOWEN ZHU AND HER BOOK “ORIENTAL SILK 鄉綢”
Berlin-based Xiaowen Zhu is a Chinese filmmaker, writer, lecturer and artist. It has been inspiring to watch my friend Xiaowen go on her journey of creation. I actually interviewed her many years ago, and to capture her reflections on her work again in this article, both new and old, with renewed interest and hindsight, is fascinating. Xiaowen, like her art, is never still and always finding new, unchartered territory. Having lived in many different places in the world, including Shanghai, Frankfurt, Upstate New York, Los Angeles and London, she has a rich collection of experiences to draw from. To Xiaowen, art represents self-expression, finding her purpose in the world, challenging presumptions of what is and what should be, and most importantly, redefining what could be.