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Zhang Huan (Chinese, b.1965)
LOT ID: 80677
To raise the water level in a fish pond (Waterchild), 1997

Chromogenic Print (C-print), on paper.
40 х 60 in. (101.6 x 152.4 cm.)
Signed, inscribed, by the artist.
Print/Casting Year 1997
Edition 15 of 15
Lot description
"To Raise the Water Level in a Fish Pond - Waterchild" (1997) is a color photograph by celebrated Contemporary Chinese artist Zhang Huan and is a powerful image from one of his most famous performance pieces. This is edition 15 of 15, measuring 40 x 60 inches (76.2 x 101.6 cm) is unframed, in excellent condition. In this piece, Zhang selected migrants and laborers of Beijing's lower society and photographed them in a coordinated symbolic performance whose goal was to raise the pond's water level by one meter. This image is a famous detail from this performance, where virility and life are physically represented in the intertwined man and child whom serenely wade through the water of the pond together.

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Zhang Huan studied at the Art Academy of Henan before graduating in 1991 from the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing. Through photography, sculpture, performance art, painting, and prints, Zhang Huan is known for his pivotal works which often utilize his own body in painful practices to discuss moral, political, and ethical situations in Communist China. Whether wading through a pond, laying naked on a block of ice or covering himself in honey and flies, the artist employs meditation in order to overcome the performance rituals he executes in the name of art. He currently divides his time between New York, Shanghai and Berlin.
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To raise the water level in a fish pond (Waterchild) by Zhang Huan
  • To raise the water level in a fish pond (Waterchild) by Zhang Huan
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