Zhang Peili. Document on Hygiene No. 3. 1991

Zhang Peili Document on Hygiene No. 3 1991

  • MoMA, Floor 2, 207 The David Geffen Wing

“I wanted to produce something that would make people feel bored and perturbed," said Zhang about this video, in which the artist is seen using a bar of soap to wash a chicken. The artist’s action parodies the campaigns being waged by the Chinese government at the time that communicated the importance of hygiene in public health. Unlike a typical government-sanctioned message, Zhang’s video is shot in disorienting close-ups and deliberately shown without sound.

Gallery label from 2019
Video (color, silent)
36:49 min.
Acquired through the generosity of Sylvia de Cuevas
Object number
© 2019 Zhang Peili
Media and Performance

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