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Xu Zhen

1977, Shanghai, China

Now work in

Shanghai, China

Xu Zhen (b. 1977, Shanghai, China) currently lives and works in Shanghai, China. Xu Zhen has been considered as an iconic figure in Chinese contemporary art. In 2004, Xu won the prize for ‘Best Artist’ at the Chinese Contemporary Art Award. His practice covers various media such as installations, video, painting and performance, etc. Aside from being an artist, Xu Zhen is also a curator. He co-curated together with other artists major exhibitions in Shanghai and was one of the initiators of Art-Ba-Ba (, a leading online forum for discussion and critique of contemporary art in Shanghai, in 2006. In 2009, Xu Zhen established ‘MadeIn Company’, a contemporary art creation corporate, focused on the production of creativity, and devoted to the research of contemporary culture’s infinite possibilities. In 2013, MadeIn Company launched XU ZHEN® which is committed to art creation and cutting-edge culture development. In 2014, MadeIn Company established MadeIn Gallery and in November 2016 launched the first “Xu Zhen Store” in Shanghai. 

At OCAT Shanghai, Xu Zhen's work was exhibited in the exhibition Frontier: Re-assessment of Post-Globalisational Politics (2019) andThe Circular Impact: Video Art 21 (2021). 

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The Circular Impact: Video Art 21

2021.04.28 - 07.11 closed

The exhibition curated by Dai Zhuoqun features a sample of Chinese video art since 2000, showing 21 artists whose primary medium of practice has been moving images, with works spanning 21 years from the beginning of the 21st century to the present.

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Frontier: Re-assessment of Post-Globalisational Politics

2017.12.30 - 2018.03.11 closed

The exhibition invites more than thirty famous contemporary artists who employ video, installation, performance, photography and documentary language in rich expressions of their artistic thinking on regionality.

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