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.
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.