After 5 years spent in Germany, ZHANG CHONG, a young Chinese artist, is on the move back to China. To mark the occasion Edmond Gallery is pleased to present a series of his last works titled Nachstellung / Erinnerungsort ( Reenactment / Places of Memory ).
His minimal combinations of objects are equidistant between Rebecca Horn’s compelling sculptures and Mike Kelley’s uncanny installations.
Zhang Chong likes to tinker with glass, sewing thread, wood, electric bulbs, folded paper, insects or fallen leaves but his primary material is Memory.
But he is not taking refuge in search of Lost Time. His retrospective gaze onto his past is neither nostalgia nor sentimentality.
He reworks the past to find and mark milestones in his life. His works are like intimate memorial spaces. They explore by metaphorical juxtapositions the themes of formative experience, identity construction, ability to adapt and cultural mimesis. What it is like to feel loneliness, isolation, to be far from one's country, to try and to fit in a foreign culture with its own history. Technically each single work is stretching the limits and challenging the possibilities of connectivity between materials as a new step towards breaking down the boundaries of the self. But the fictionalization works at many levels. Zhang Chong's installations are also "vanities" pointing to the precariousness of human constructions and inviting us to meditate on the passing of all things.
Text by Eric Vinassac