Mu Zhang

Chicago-Based Chinese Artist

from: 21.10.2019   to: 27.10.2019

The work of Chicago-based Chinese artist Mu Zhang is influenced by East Asian eroticism and internet culture. The artist predominantly works with Polaroids, disposable cameras and VHS, featuring soft core erotic photography and posts them on social media. After her works were deleted and banned several times, the artist began to explore internet censorship and how AI was made to recognize inappropriate content.

Her lenticular print series Spring Palace, featured in SomoS’ exhibition Un_Real Desires, takes a historical look at erotic censorship across East Asian history. The series appropriates found imagery from ancient Chinese Spring Palace paintings by placing emojis over the same areas that she would her soft core pornography on social media. The unique medium allows the viewer to see the censoring emoji being placed and removed on the prints, as it likewise flickers between the digital age and an ancient Chinese era. Thus her irreverent prints enable a humorous way to discuss and engage with the issue of censorship.

Mu Zhang is currently undertaking a BFA at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and won 3rd place at the Renoartio Photography Contest, USA, in 2017. She has participated in multiple exhibitions in Chicago, Rome and London, most notably at Uncensored Festival, The Yard Theater, London and Mannequins and Puppets, Loosenart with Millepiani, Rome in 2019.


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Images courtesy Kimyia Nik