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Xu Zhen

Xu Zhen was born in 1977 in Shanghai, China.

Graduated from Shanghai Arts & Crafts Institute. Xu Zhen’s work includes photography, installation art and video evoking moments of complexity. His projects are informed by performance as well as conceptual art. Executed with a critical intelligence, low-tech subtlety and often in forms of theatric pranks, Xu’s work focuses on human sensitivity and dramatizes the humdrum of urban living.

Xu Zhen won the top prize at the China Contemporary Art Award (2004). He was invited to the 49th Venice Biennale and has since exhibited his works widely, e.g. Venice Biennale (2005), The Museum of Modern Art (New York, 2004), ICP (2004), Mori Art Museum (2005), PS1 (2006), Tate Liverpool (2007) etc.

He currently resides and works in Shanghai.