The Face of Facebook, 2011
Opening: October 23rd 2013, 6pm - 9pm
ShanghART Singapore is pleased to present a solo exhibition of Beijing-based artist Zhu Jia (b. 1963) from October 23rd to December 9th, 2013, which is the first in-depth examination of his works in Singapore. Featuring a recent project, the Face of Facebook (finishing version), as well as videos and photographs from earlier stage, the exhibition will provide an engaging look at Zhu’s works over the past three decades.
Zhu Jia is conceptually probing unique visual experiences beyond regular ones. His recent project, the Face of Facebook, is an exact example. This project is not a traditionally finished work by Zhu himself, but is a combination of various contributions from his personal network, among them there’s no lack of powerful names in contemporary art circle in China. As Zhu has once commented, “This is not a question of painting per se, but of what is painted and who does the painting.” Here, by inviting friends from his personal and professional network, Zhu Jia delves into the question of power, politics and market.
Repetition and uncertainty is a constant theme in Zhu’s works. Repetition of endless movements provokes dynamic visions from multi-perspectives. He uses quasi motionless images to focus on details of human figures, everyday objects and banal landscapes and expose their "objective" state of existence. His landmark work, which has been shown in New York MoMA, Forever (1994), is a discombobulating video that captures the streets of Beijing through the circular movement of a bicycle wheel; Never Take Off (2002), in which an airplane cruising endlessly on the tarmac, a lamentation on latent or wasted energy; We are Perfect (2009), a photographic series that captures the veneer and fragility of the idealism of nation, identity and modernity. Using characteristic wit, humor and poignancy, Zhu reflects upon the vast political, economic and social change in China.