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b. 1980, works and lives in Shanghai
Video, 2007
Multi-channel video
3 minutes
Edition of 5 + 2AP

Zhang Ding’s double-channel video installation Boxing I & II (2007) is a beautifully cruel experience to endure. The two films depict a young man dressed in a lucid t-shirt – the artist himself – in a dark space, confronted only by a punching bag composed of three round cacti with sharp spiky thorns.

The first film consists of close-ups of the boxer’s clenched fists as he hits the cutting cactus, increasingly hurting himself until his fists are intensely bleeding, while the cactus is still intact and un-defeated. In the second film the space has widened, and the artist’s body and the sharp punching bag is emphasized with chiaroscuro effects in a dramatic light-darkness tableau. The boxer is seen striking and hitting the cutting thorns with quick painful punches in an ever-ending looped fight.

Violent and vehement, the boxer fights in vain against an otherwise fragile species - it’s a contest he can never overcome.

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Duration: Chinese Art in Transformation, Beijing Mingsheng Art Museum, Beijing 09.25, 2020 -03.07, 2021
ShanghART Video Art Salon / Talk & Screening: Black Ponderings No. 3, ShanghART Video Room Bldg. 8, West Bund, 2555 Longteng Avenue, Xuhui District, Shanghai 10.14, 2017
2014 OCAT-Pierre Huber Prize Shortlist Exhibition, OCT Contemporary Art Terminal, Shanghai 12.19, 2014 -03.01, 2015
Art Paris Art Fair 2014, Grand Palais, Paris, France 03.27, 2014 -03.30, 2014
Moving Image in China: 1988-2011, Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai 09.09, 2011 -11.27, 2011
Tools, ShanghART, Shanghai 09.04, 2007 -09.30, 2007

Related Texts:
Boxing I & II TEXT 2008

Related Publication:
Tools-2007 Zhang Ding Solo Exhibition
Moving Image in China:1988-2011
Moving Image in China:1988-2011

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