Published by Blue Kingfisher. Edited by Robin Peckham, Venus Lau. Text by Paul Gladston, Huang Zhuan, Francesca Dal Lago, Pauline J. Yao. Preface by He Juxing.
Certain Pleasures is a retrospective catalogue on Zhang Peili (born 1957), one of the first Chinese video artists. Zhang’s work is characterized by themes of boredom and control, as shown by 30 x 30” (1988), in which a pair of hands break a mirror and laboriously reconstruct it, only to smash it again.
Considered the first Chinese artist to work in video, Zhang Peili (born 1957) has been a prominent figure in the Chinese contemporary art scene since the mid-1980s; in 2010 he won the Chinese Contemporary Art Award for his lifetime contribution, and his use of video as a philosophical tool has influenced generations of artists across the country. This volume surveys his career.