Untitled (Symphony #7)This triptych is part of a larger series of self-portraits as a ‘Wang Hong’. A Wang Hong (网红)... Read More
Untitled (Symphony #7)
This triptych is part of a larger series of self-portraits as a ‘Wang
Hong’. A Wang Hong (网红) is a Chinese
In this series Zou Ke has fashioned a mask out of a Japanese
blowup doll and poses with it and started a Live stream Channel to perform on
Chinese Social Media before it got blocked.
The mask both distances the performer from the self as well
as hides the true identity of the performer. The proportions and sexual
attributes of the mask ask questions about the often, non-verbal performance
and body image of the female internet celebrities.
There is a uniformity in its aesthetic that contradicts the desire
of being unique. The same social patterns are repeated, and the use of body
language and digital manipulation is instantly recognizable.
Zhou Ke has often claimed her pone to be her studio and so
the images use the tools in the palm of her hand to create a language that is
at once questioning of society and on the other hand celebrates its very
This Triptych Untitled (symphony 7) is UV printed on glass and
the dark black frames as well as centered and manipulated shapes are a reference
to Francis Bacon. There is motion is the repetition of shape and one is forced
to take on the role as a voyeur peeking into the desires, sexuality, insecurities
and cyber world of an internet celebrity.