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 Ming Zhu  (1972 - )

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Lived/Active: China      Known for: performance art-conceptual, photography

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Zhu Ming is a Chinese performance artist whose themes include the passage of time, physical stress, loneliness and twarted attempts at communication.

"He often performs inside a specially created balloon which, for example, during a performance May 8, 1999 slowly fills with water.  His body is covered with a fluorescent paint (probably toxic) and he paints the inside of the balloon with Chinese ink.  The atmosphere inside the balloon causes the ink to disappear almost immediately, and the artist's time in the balloon is constantly limited by the slow and steady filling of the balloon with water.  Chinese ink is synonymous with the history of Chinese art signifying both rebellion and tradition, all of which is inseparable from the work of these young artists."

In the early 1990s, Zhu Ming lived at Beijing East Village, which was considered the most experimental of the artists' villages in and around Beijing at that time.  Art produced by East Village artists has earned the attention of many collectors of contemporary Chinese art, the most famous work being the group performance The Anonymous Mountains raised by a Metre, 1995 in which Zhu Ming participated.

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* Yishu: Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art, Vol. 1, No. 2, Summer/August 2002, pg. 24; http://www.chinesecontemporary.com/zhu_ming.htm

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