A series of nine photographs in which the artist Zhang Huan’s face gradually becomes covered in ink and traditional calligraphy.
The text on the artist’s face consists of words, names, and stories related to his cultural heritage—words with personal meaning to him. The dots on his face in the first photograph represent moles and their connection to one’s fate. In Chinese cultures, it is said that having moles in certain areas on the face symbolizes good luck and fortune.
By the last picture, Huan’s face is completely covered in ink. Though the words on his face are about his character and fate, they ultimately obscure his entire identity. The piece seems to say that traditional words and ways of thinking can erase the things that make us individuals.
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Updated: Corrected spelling of performance artist’s name Zhang Huan & added link: https://www.theartstory.org/artist/zhang-huan/
Very cool style by Gord Smithers (click to enlarge). More here.
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The sale/auction was held in Paris, April 2021 .
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July 19, 1965 – L.A. Times
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