Tianzhuo Chen - Selected Works
Tianzhuo Chen was born in 1985 and currently lives and works in Beijing, China. After graduating from Central Saint Martins in London, he received his master’s degree in fine art from the Chelsea College of Arts in London.
Chen skillfully works back and forth in between multiple artistic disciplines such as installation, performance, video, painting, and photography.
In his practice he creates events that require the participation of viewers and visitors, such as underground parties, theater performances or more precisely constructed ritual sites in order to realize their transformation into dreamworlds.
He assimilates elements and symbols from religion (Buddhism, Hinduism, Christianity, and shamanism), subcultures (cult followings, drag shows, and raves), popular culture (cartoons, hip hop and electronic music) and dance (butoh and vogueing) into his work.
He hereby hopes that the viewer or participant will transcend the surface state of the body and spirit through ambience and achieve what the artist calls a “state of madness.”
Recent solo exhibitions include “Trance” (M Woods Museum, Beijing, 2019), “GHOST” (Kunsthalle Winterthur, Winterthur, 2017), “Ishvara” (Long March Space, Beijing, 2016), “Chen Tianzhuo” (chi K11 Art Museum, Shanghai, 2016) and “Tianzhuo Chen” (Palais de Tokyo, Paris, 2015).
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