Chinese Bible Yang Zhichao
10 Nov - 02 Dec, 2011 | 10 Chancery Lane Gallery

Chinese Bible by Yang Zhichao 

10 November 2011, Hong Kong — Renowned Chinese artist Yang Zhichao is China’s most extreme performance artist. He uses his body as a tool to draw on social issues linking the individual with the greater world. Many of his performances involve painful acts such as branding and surgical processes. Personal pain becomes part of his experience and a means of communication to engage the larger world.

For Chinese Bible, Yang Zhichao spent three years collecting from second - hand shops the personal diaries of overlapping generations. The 3,000 notebooks inscribed with personal writings span 50 years from 1949 to1999. The writings reach deep into the very essence of feelings among the Chinese whether emotional, political or even mundane during a half - century of monumentally changing times. Chinese Bible displays not only the physical objects of the notebooks as an installation but also the process of collecting them as a performance in a both massive yet emotionally touching exhibition.

Chinese Bible: The Exhibition will debut at 10 Chancery Lane Gallery in Hong Kong in November. Yang Zhichao will be in Hong Kong from 5th Nov to 11th Nov 2011.

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About Yang Zhichao

Yang Zhichao was born in 1963 in Lanzhou, Gansu Province. He graduated from the Art Department of Northwest Normal University in 1987. Yang received the Chinese Contemporary Art Award in 2002. Since 1998, his works have been widely exhibited. Selected exhibitions include "Distance: Contemporary Art Invitation Exhibition" at Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, China; "The 52nd Venice Biennial" (2007), Venice, Italy and "55 Days in Valencia: Chinese Art Meeting" (2008) at Instituto Valenciano de Art Moderno (IVAM), Valencia, Spain.