Gary Zhexi Zhang

A muted brown robe with huge sleeves made of cotton fabric is suspended by ropes so that it forms the flat shape of  human body. It is sewn with quilted patches and fasted with yellow ribbon. Above the robe is a cream paper lantern globe which has a very large grin and two wide spaced eyes on it. The space is dark with the robe lit by warm light from small lamps on the ground and dimly lit human figures can be seen in the shadows.
Gary Zhexi Zhang and Waste Paper Opera, Dead Cat Bounce (2022). Performance at Medialab Matadero.
A muted brown robe with huge sleeves made of cotton fabric is suspended by ropes so that it forms the flat shape of a human body. It is placed in a large dark space and lit from below by warm light. We are seeing it from behind and in the distance a screen with a turquoise rectangular colum of light is projected. People stand around the darkly lit room, some take photos on their cameras.
Gary Zhexi Zhang and Waste Paper Opera, Dead Cat Bounce (2022). Performance at Medialab Matadero.
Image: still from The First 10,000 Years courtesy Gary Zhexi Zhang

Gary Zhexi Zhang is an artist interested in unstable knowledge; over the past few years his work has been largely concerned with systems theories and planning technologies. As a writer and editor, he is currently working on a book about financial fictions and catastrophic time, to be completed in 2022. Recent and upcoming group exhibitions and screenings include Liquid Ground at Para Site, Hong Kong; Participation Mystique at Ming Contemporary Art Museum, Shanghai; the Swamp School at the Venice Architecture Biennale and Cross-feed at Glasgow International 2018. Recently, he was a ToftH fellow at the Berggruen Institute and a part-time lecturer at Parsons School of Design; currently, he co-runs the collaborative studio Foreign Objects and is a resident at Somerset House Studios.