Zuoxiao Zuzhou

I Love Contemporary Art Too
2007
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16 1/2 x 24 in.

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I Love Contemporary Art Too
2007
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Zuoxiao Zuzhou
To Add One Meter To An Anonymous Mountain
1995
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16 1/2 x 24 in.

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Zuoxiao Zuzhou | Biography

Zuoxiao Zuzhou was a member of the avant-garde artist's community "Beijing East Village." The group held what would become legendary performances before small groups, (mainly consisting of themselves.) In 1995, he took part in the performance, "To Add One Meter to A Unknown Mountain" that took place in the outskirts of Beijing in the Miao Feng Mountain area. The piece involved him and nine other artists from the Beijing East Village group stacked one on top of the other, creating a fleshy extension on top of the mountain.

Following is a first-hand account about the process of photographing this piece:

“At 13:00 on May 11, 1995, only the occasional truck along the highway disturbed the calm atop the mountain. Wang Shihua, 80kg; Cang Xin, 70kg; Gao Yang, 68kg; Zu Zhou, 65kg; Ma Zhongren, 65kg; Zhang Huan, 65kg; Ma Liuming, 55kg; Zhang Binbin (female), 55kg; Duan Yingmei (female), 55kg; Zhu Ming, 46kg. Everyone climbed the mountain, and one by one the artists shed their clothes. The participants divided into four rows by ascending weight and then lay on top of each other in the form of a pyramid. Between 13:26 and 13:38 that afternoon, the surveyors' measurement of the anonymous mountain was 87.393 meters, precisely one meter higher than Miao Fengshan Mountain. A breeze suddenly blew across the mountaintop. Looking back on that work today, it seems that the meter that artists added to create that anonymous mountain far transcends its initial significance, because with it he added a layer of deep cultural significance.” ----Artist Kong Bu, member of the “Beijing East Village”

In Zuzhou’s photograph "I Love Contemporary Art Too" he went back to the Miao Feng Mountain ten years after taking "To Add One Meter to A Unknown Mountain.” However, this time he chose to use drunken pigs stacked one on the top of the other instead of using people.

About Beijing's East Village artist community:
In the early 1990s, a group of avant-garde artists formed a collective in a dilapidated village on the outskirts of Beijing, dubbing it the East Village after the New York and Ma Liuming experimented with stomach-turning feats of performance art. Zhang famously sat for hours, motionless and covered in honey, in a squalid, fly-infested outhouse for his work 12 Square Meters (1994). Beijing East Village artists collaborated on performances that probed the relationship between the human body, the naturallandscape, and the urban environment. The photographer Rong Rong documented many of these works and the artists’ daily lives, and it is largely through his images that the group's ephemeral creations are known. Though the Beijing East Village officially ended with a police raid and a forced eviction in 1994, their legacy continues to resonate with many Chinese contemporary artists.