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Zhang Xu Zhan 

Where Paper Becomes Flesh

Portrait of ZHANG XU ZHAN with the set of Animal Story (2019– ). Unless otherwise stated, all photos by Daphne Chu for ArtAsiaPacific.

The journey to Zhang Xu Zhan’s studio is like a retreat from the urban jungle of skyscrapers, motorbikes, and non-stop traffic in Taipei City. One passes through the outskirts of Xinzhuang’s Siwei Market, an area of western New Taipei City populated by hardware shops, kám-á-tiàm mom-and-pop shops, a few factories, several colorful murals, and a junior high school. Then one crosses in front of the Zhaode Temple…

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