ShanghART Gallery 香格纳画廊
中文

The People’s Secretary
ZHANG QING 章清
2010
Single-channel video
surveillance video
17 minutes 30 seconds
Edition of 7
ZQU056

Borrowing languages from typical practice for propaganda of leaders and officials in 1980s in China, ZHANG Qing rendered meticulously every single detail of the remarkable figure of "a people's secretary" by surveillance cameras. The work retained vigorously realistic and ideological characteristics, where government-people relationship, party regulation and developmental patterns were all comfortably woven into the script. Too flawless to imagine, a perfectly dependable idol was feigned by the artist for general public. The voiceover, on the other hand, was read only in English by a professional broadcaster of Chinese nationality. Set purposefully, such linguistic environment seemingly caused the divorce between artwork and Chinese context, amazing viewers with experience of bizarreness and malpositioning.

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Related Exhibitions:
Video Bureau Archive 44: Zhang Qing Video Bureau, Beijing / Guangzhou 11.27, 2015 -01.28, 2016
V&P ShanghART Beijing, Beijing 12.20, 2014 -02.28, 2015
It Takes Four Sorts Travelling Exhibition: Taipei; Macau; Hong Kong; Shenzhen 10.21, 2012 -11.18, 2012
China Onscreen Biennial Los Angeles and Washington D.C., USA 10.13, 2012 -11.11, 2012
2nd N Minutes Video Art Festival Shanghai 09.07, 2012 -10.08, 2012
Rotating Shanghai III Thessaloniki, Greece Sep,2012 -Dec,2012
cctv-Solo Exhibition of ZHANG Qing ShanghART H-Space, Shanghai 12.18, 2011 -02.05, 2012
Abandon Normal Devices Festival 2011 FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology), Liverpool, U.K. 09.29, 2011 -11.28, 2011