‘to add one meter to an anonymous mountain’, 1995  (colour photo) photo: courtesy of the artist

zhang huan: altered states
june 7 to october 5, 2008
vancouver art gallery

zhang huan is one of the most well-known and important chinese artists working in the united states and china. in his first canadian survey, 55 works will be on show, representing the past 15 years of artistic activity while living in beijing, new york and shanghai. he first emerged onto the art scene with his controversial performances, which confronted the rules of the chinese authorities. in 1998, he moved to new york where is performances took on a larger scale, often involving many other participants. in 2006, he moved back to china choosing to live in shanghai. from this point forward his work has been more focused on sculpture, installation and painting. his art deals with themes revolving around chinese heritage and history.     http://www.vanartgallery.bc.ca   'zhang huan: altered states' ‘to raise the water level in a fishpond’, 1997 (colour photograph of performance, beijing, china) photo: courtesy of the artist

'zhang huan: altered states' ‘skin’, 1997 (black-and-white photograph) photo: courtesy of the artist

'zhang huan: altered states' ‘skin’, 1997 (black-and-white photograph) photo: courtesy of the artist

'zhang huan: altered states' ‘1/2’, 1998  (colour photograph) photo: courtesy of the artist

'zhang huan: altered states' ‘my rome’, 2005 (black-and-white photograph of performance at capitoline museum, rome, italy) photo: courtesy of the artist

'zhang huan: altered states' ‘family tree’, 2000 (colour photographs of performance, amherst, new york) photo: courtesy of the artist

'zhang huan: altered states' ‘family tree’, 2000 (colour photographs of performance, amherst, new york) photo: courtesy of the artist

'zhang huan: altered states' ‘family tree’, 2000 (colour photographs of performance, amherst, new york) photo: courtesy of the artist

'zhang huan: altered states'
‘family tree’, 2000 (colour photograph of performance, amherst, new york)

photo: courtesy of the artist