ZHE ZHU (b.1993,Shenzhen, Guangdong province, China)

Graduated from Photography at School of Visual Arts, New York (B.F.A) in 2015, Zhu currently works and lives in New York and Shanghai. He is recently awarded the Avant Guardian by Surface magazine. His recent shows include Art book in China, Shanghai 21st Century Minsheng Art Museum (2016); The First Edition of Changjiang International Photography & Video Biennale at Changjiang Museum of Contemporary Art, Chongqing (2015); Portfolio Show Case Volume 8 Group Exhibition at The Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, U.S.A. (2015); Zhe Zhu and Zhangbolong Liu: Vanitas/Traces, Carma and Fou Gallery, New York (2015). His work is included in Shanghai 21st Century Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai.

Zhu’s latest collaboration with Fernando Villela - Time Flies So First Things First- challenges the nature of photographic materials in the era of ubiquitous presence of social media and information explosion. Zhu’s works manifest how photograph falls apart and turn to be merely materials of mass consumption in today’s visual environment. His Vanitas series, which has gained him significant critical attention, was inspired by a type of symbolic still life painting that flourished in Flanders and the Netherlands in the 16th and 17th centuries. These particular oil paintings, referred to as “Vanitas”, typically depicted decaying flowers, rotten fruits, skulls, hourglasses and other symbols to represent the transient nature of all earthly goods and pursuits, including the fleeting moments of both happiness and sorrow. Based on this concept, Zhe Zhu gathers objects that are in different stages of consumption or decay and arranges the photographic setting according to the composition of the old “Vanitas” paintings. Using either a large-format film camera or a medium format digital camera to record these images, the artist creates photographs that feel like actual Old Master paintings, which expresses a unique form of individuality in the face of our current age of consumerism.

Artist’s website: www.zhezhu.net

朱喆(b.1993, 广东深圳)



朱喆与费尔南多•维利纳最新合作的摄影项目《先办正事》进一步挑战了摄影材料的本质,质疑着无处不在的社交媒体与信息爆炸的网络环境如何形塑了摄影的当代意涵。朱喆在次项目中的摄影作品揭示了照片如何在大众消费的作用下分崩离析,变成语义模糊的视觉碎片。朱喆历时两年创作的“维尼塔斯”系列灵感来自于十六、十七世纪荷兰静物油画类别之一:虚空派 (Vanitas)。在这些油画里,象征生命力的物件,如水果、花朵和象征衰亡的物件,如头盖骨、沙漏常常被并置,暗示转瞬即逝的欢愉与悲伤。基于此,朱喆将经过不同程度消费后的物件进行再组合,并参照虚空派的布景方式设计拍摄构图,用大画幅胶片相机或者中画幅数码后背相机记录下来,因而作品既带有成熟深重的油画感,又被赋予消费时代下凝练的个体情绪。