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陈天 Chen Tianzhuo

“FLESH IS INHERENTLY WEAK, AND THE BORDER BETWEEN LIFE AND DEATH IS, AS SUCH, INDISTINCT.”

Chen Tianzhuo’s work is where the sexually grotesque meets exuberant fantasy, ancient ritual merges with blingy, tacky, techno and contemporary performance art blends with outlandish, alternative theatrics. On a video screen, two painted, naked male bodies, each wearing gold watches and amulets, roll around on top of one another in exultant throes of passion and rage. Their genitals are caked in red flaking paint, their colours rubbing off on each other as they smear one another with what looks blood and mud. The figures seem to simultaneously clash against the spiritual relics and holy sites scattered around them, their ostentatious display slowed down to an over-the-top theatrical performance. But these bodies also embody a powerful state of altered consciousness, of pre-human knowledge and animalistic urges that are kept safely hidden and sanitized in an ordered, conforming and …

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