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Before and After

An Interview with Zhang Huan

Mathieu Borysevicz

ZHANG HUAN, My America, 1999, from the performance Hard to Acclimatize, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, courtesy Deitch Projects, New York. Photograph Michael Dames.

It's Wednesday, noon, in Elmhurst, Queens. Storefront canopies awash in Chinese characters and an afternoon downpour provide shelter for a scurry of newly arrived East Asian immigrants. Inside, a room-sized bed quietly envelops a naked six-month-old baby boy. Stacks of bound newspapers and art catalogues battle for space on the shelves. Stir-fried dishes and bowls of rice steam on theā€¦

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