Zhang Huan - Foam, 1998, Beijing, China
"Zhang Huan’s face is isolated in the ten pictures in the series. In each, he appears covered in white suds like sea foam with a snapshot of members of his wife’s family or his own bursting out of his mouth as if it were a sound. Here, Zhang Huan appears new-born - covered with a substance that might refer to both the human birth process and the birth of a mythological character in the waves - but also in the throes of an irresistible utterance. This speech act, his pictures suggest, while an expression of self, has also inevitably been shaped by his own lineage and that of his life partner and mother of his children. His ancestors speak through him." ["Witness" by Thom Collins, published by the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Australia]
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