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Xu Zhen

Sex, Lies and Videotape

by Rebecca Catching

WE ARE RIGHT BACK2001, Video, 3 min 30 sec. Courtesy the artist and ShangART, Shanghai

Only two years after his graduation from the Shanghai Arts and Crafts Institute in 1996, Shanghai-based multimedia artist Xu Zhen, born in 1977, had already established himself as a vital force in the local art scene. Over the past 10 years, he has earned a reputation as both a prodigy and a provocateur. Notable works include I am not asking for anything (1998), a video of Xu…

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