Zhang Peili: From Painting to Video Exhibition
Recognised as the father of Chinese video art, Zhang Peili established himself as an avant-garde painter in the mid-1980s, while experimenting with installation and other new media. In 1988, he became the first Chinese artist to seriously explore video as a medium, switching permanently from painting in 1994.
'From Painting to Video' presents one of his last paintings—recently gifted to the Australian Centre on China in the World, newly restored and never before exhibited—alongside a selection of Zhang’s earliest, seminal video works. Through his practice, Zhang continued to deconstruct media and destabilise systems that produce meaning, and his work enacts an applied system and logic that ultimately reveals uncertainty in the authority that surrounds us.
'Zhang Peili: From Painting to Video' is supported by the Australian Government through the Australia-China Council of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. CIW also acknowledges the generous loan of artworks and media equipment from Media Art Asia Pacific and the support of Zhang Peili's visit to Australia under the Research School of Asia and the Pacific's Distinguished Visitors' Program.
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