Altered States is the first museum survey of Zhang Huan, encompassing
major works produced over the past 15 years in Beijing, New York
and Shanghai. Zhang Huan is best known for his early body-based
performances, both controversial and poetic, most of which involve
physical endurance. He moved to New York IN 1998 and established
himself as one of the most important and widely recognized expatriate
Chinese artists. More recently, Zhang returned to China and founded
a studio in Shanghai, where he has expanded his medium.
includes more than fifty works of photography, sculpture and painting
tracing the evolution of Zhang Huan’s artistic practice to
examine his personal, cultural and artistic negotiations in response
to his immediate environment. It presents the experience of a singular
artistic voice across diverse cultural domains—a voice that
speaks from a unique vantage point in the contemporary art world.
Tree, 2000, colour photograph of performance, Amherst, New
York. Collection of Larry Walsh. Copyright and courtesy of Haunch
of Venison, London.