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Zhao Zhao

Unlikely Activist

BY MICHAEL YOUNG

FRAGMENTS, 2013, steel, 200 x 300 x 5 cm. Unless otherwise stated, all images courtesy the artist and Chambers Fine Art, New York/Beijing.

Zhao Zhao

In 1999, contemporary Chinese artist Zhao Zhao was a rebellious 18-year-old planning a performance work to celebrate getting into Xinjiang Institute of Arts (now the Xinjiang Arts University). Inspired by To Add One Meter to an Anonymous Mountain (1995), the performance in which ten young artists of the Beijing East Village (the short-lived avant-garde arts community of the 1990s), including Zhang

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