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b. 1963, works and lives in Beijing

| Image 60.5*40cm (x 8 pieces) | With white edge 70.5*50cm (x 8 pieces) | Framed 84*64*4cm (x 8 pieces)
Epson UltraGiclee print
Edition of 8
code: ZJU015

“Did they have sexual relation?” is a series of black and white snap shots. And the shooting process resembles a street performance. He and his friends held a panel with the above mentioned sentence in front of arbitrarily chosen couples on the street and took photos. Then, they appear to be a kind of evidence of crime investigation. He uses the powerful function of photography as a way to impose “truth” on casually grasped fragments of reality to tackle a highly sensitive issue of sexuality in a society without much space for individual freedom and intimacy. In this context, the sentence attached to their images seems to be a kind of affirmation, or even accusation, rather than a question in spite of the question mark at the end. However, the connections between the people arbitrarily related together as couples are so uncertain and unreliable that they become quasi comic. However, this is a purported imitation of the methods frequently resorted to by the authority to impose its version of reality, or the official truth, in both everyday life and political and cultural discourses. This is a kind of prejudging affirmation or accusation that one has hardly the right to argue against. By appropriating this strategy, Zhu Jia once again puts scepticism of the imposed truth at the very centre of the pubic gaze.

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Related Exhibitions:
Physical Theatre ShanghART, Shanghai 08.09, 2017 -09.10, 2017
ZHU JIA: The Face of Facebook ShanghART Singapore, Singapore 10.23, 2013 -12.09, 2013
Unveiled Reality Art Beatus Gallery, Vancouver, Canada 1999
Every Day Museum of Contemporary Art etc., Sydney, Australia 09.18, 1998 -11.08, 1998
Another Long March Chasse Kazerne, Fundament Foundation, Breda, The Netherlands 1997

Related Texts:
Have you ever had any sexual relationship with Zhu Jia? , Hou Hanru TEXT 2008-05-09

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