THE MAP SERIES

Solo Exhibition Titled The Diary of Destroying a Map

A map says to you, "Read me carefully, follow me closely, doubt me not." It says, "I am the earth in the palm of your hand. Without me, you are alone and lost." And indeed you are. Were all the maps in this world destroyed and vanished under the direction of some malevolent hand, each man would be blind again, each city be made a stranger to the next, each landmark become a meaningless signpost pointing to nothing.Beryl 

--Markham, 1983

 

From 1953 to 1979 in Beijing, a large number of precious historic walls and architectures were rudely destroyed due to urban extension, which caused a huge damage to the city and its unique history. Combining with different mediums, this series starts from rethinking historical destruction and public numbness from multiple angles. It further leads to Zhou’s thoughts on the universal law of gathering and separating, while further focuses on the relationship between city and landscape, as well as the role that human plays under the absolute regularity.

The Diary of Destroying a Map

multi-media installation / performance, 132 x 160 cm (map), 2017

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 (Selected video clip) The Diary of Destroying a Map

multi-media installation / performance, 132 x 160 cm (map), 2017

Mountains and Rivers 山河

mixed-media installation, 98 x 137 cm, 2018

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The Hidden City

charcoal drawings, 57 x 77 cm x 3, 2016

Beijing Tourist Map 北京旅遊地圖

mixed-media installation, 138 x 200 cm, 2017

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Represented by Z Gallery Arts, Vancouver, BC, Canada | Private Policy

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