ZHE ZHU (b.1993,Shenzhen, Guangdong province, China)
Graduated from Photography at School of Visual Arts, New York (B.F.A) in 2015. He is recently awarded the Avant Guardian by Surface magazine. His recent shows include 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: Vanitas at Backyard, Beijing (2014); Somewhere Else at Dekalb Gallery of Pratt Institute, New York (2014); Zhe Zhu: Kind of Blue at School of Visual Arts, New York (2013) and Earthlings at Neighborhood Church of Greenwich Village, New York (2012).
The Vanitas series, which Zhu has been developing over the last two years, 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