THE DUST | Tianzhuo Chen

Exhbition view THE DUST, Kunstpavillon 2022 Photo: Daniel Jarosch


Tianzhuo Chen

curated by Petra Poelzl

Saturday | 11.06.2022 | 7 p.m.

15.06.2022 – 23.07.2022


Sounds of ritual instruments echo through a deserted landscape, while Buddhist chants wash over water-powered prayer wheels and the wrecks of industrial machinery. In The Dust, Tianzhuo Chen reveals a world in which computer-generated imagery and compelling video shots of nature interweave with absurd logics of chaos and creation. Inspired by the funeral ritual of the sky burial, where the deceased is left in the open air to decompose and be scavenged by vultures, the installation maps the passage from death to rebirth. Tianzhuo Chen weaves together Buddhist cosmology, corporate visual language, and nightlife hedonism to question the fragility and absurdity of contemporary life and its systems of belief.

The Dust is part of the exhibition series Dancing at the edge of the World curated by Petra Poelzl.

TIANZHUO CHENs artistic practice references performance, installation, video, photography, and painting and is infused with the iconographic vocabulary of divinities, ceremonies and rituals. His puzzling and immersive installations, surroundings and creatures question belief systems in the Post-Internet Era, mingling Buddhist cosmology and the visual language of corporate identities with the ecstasy of club nights. The artist creates experiential spaces that are equipped with creatures that seem to be in a constant state of transformation, a state of in-betweenness.

Recent solo exhibitions include The Dust (Dark Mofo, Hobart, Tasmenia, 2021 / transmediale Berlin 2022), The Shepherd (Kyoto Experiment, Kyoto, Japan, 2022), Trance (M Woods Museum, Peking, 2019), Ghost (Kunsthalle Winterthur, Winterthur, 2017), Ishvara (Long March Space, Beijing, 2016) and Tianzhuo Chen (Palais de Tokyo, Paris, 2015). Recent theatre shows include Trance (Kampnagel Hamburg, Hamburg, 2022), An Atypical Brain Damage (steirischer herbst, Graz, 2018 and others) and Ishvara (Wiener Festwochen, Wien, 2017 and others). In 2023, Trance is going to be presented at Komische Oper Berlin.