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Peng Zhang

CN, 1990
  • resident
    • 2021 – 2022

Artist Statement

Memories about rural life in my village comprise the focal point of my work. I am interested in themes such as closeness and togetherness, as well as simplicity and slowness, which are mostly related to farmland and nature in my village. I dive into my past and attempt to capture moments I have experienced, to create images referring to, Shijian Cun, where I grew up as a child in South China. My work is characterised by earthy tones that reflect this landscape.

During the making process, I bring my physical base back to the land and work as a farmer, bending over or kneeling on the earth, collaborating with other people and livestock in traditional modes of production. My materials stem from the land and nature, and my techniques originate from rural life which in essence could be seen as mirroring a farmer’s relationship to their land and nature.

Through this work, I not only give a glimpse into my personal background, but also turn the focus towards the present moment, which is marked by an increasing lack of knowledge and experience about traditional modes of being, to evoke people’s interest in realities of rural life.

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