Zhang Peili Document on Hygiene No. 3 1991

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“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
© 2024 Zhang Peili
Media and Performance

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