Zhao Zhao’s (b.1982, Xinjiang, China; based in Beijing, China) practice is often associated with anti-authoritarian or non-conformist tendencies, renowned for confronting existing ideological structures, and exercising the power of individual free will in his work. Zhao Zhao works across various mediums, including but not limited to video, photography, performance, and installations incorporating found objects; this refusal of material limitations demonstrates his reflexive intensification of a dialogue with and within each medium.
Zhao Zhao is known for making ambitious, multidimensional work, integrated across different yet concurrent series, which examines the power of the individual under and against the dynamics of state-sponsored control. As a former assistant to Ai Weiwei, Zhao Zhao is no stranger to the complexities and setbacks caused by political anxieties.
Zhao Zhao received his BFA from Xinjiang Institute of Arts in China. He has exhibited at numerous institutions, including MOMA PS1, Queens, NY; The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa, Florida; Groninger Museum, Groningen, Netherlands; Premi Internacional d'art Contemporani Diputació de Castelló, Castelló, Spain; Padiglione D'Arte Contemporanea, Milan, Italy; Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai, China and the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (UCCA), Beijing, China. A survey of his work was curated by art critic Cui Cancan, and showcased key works spanning the multidisciplinary reach of his practice.