Zhang Xiaogang, oil on canvas, 2005

The Cultural Revolution left a profound impact on the Chinese people. This Chinese artist is once again looking for the former identity of his people and for this he paints his iconic ‘Bloodline’-series. Inspired by old family photos, Zhang Xiaogang creates smooth, emotionless portraits, just like porcelain dolls. Under the pressure of a psychological state of mind, they stare wide-eyed at a world beyond them. Each of his portraits contains a patch of colour that symbolizes ‘the individual and his memory’.

‘Dreaming Boy’ is a nostalgic dream image of a child. There is the dissident stain that points out the individual, but the closed eyes mourn. The yellow and red colours are those of China and have their historical importance.


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