Jiajia Zhang works across different digital (moving-)image media, video, and photography, which she presents in spatial installations. She rearranges the partly self-produced and partly found visual material in an exact process by relating the fragments to each other in unexpected ways. This way, social phenomena, and mass-produced products meet minor matters like private YouTube videos or Instagram posts. The artist thus opens up a tension-filled borderland that blends the personal and the generic, challenging our entrenched definitions and notions of private and public. On the one hand, Jiajia Zhang's work is a pictorial stocktaking of reality; on the other hand, it confronts us with the speculative element reality's perception entails.
Jiajia Zhang studied architecture at ETH Zurich from 2001 to 2007 and photography at the International Center of Photography, NY, from 2007 to 2008. In 2020, she completed her Master of Fine Arts at the Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK). Her work has been part of various exhibitions, including Istituto Svizzero, Milan (2024) Kunstmuseum St.Gallen (2023), Fluentum, Berlin (2023), Swiss Art Awards, Basel (2022); Werkstipendium Zürich (2022); FriArt, Fribourg (2022); Coalmine Gallery, Winterthur (2021); Kunsthaus Glarus (2021); Fondation d'entreprise Pernod Ricard, Paris (2021); Haus Wien (2020); Kunsthalle Zürich (2020); Kunsthalle St. Gallen (2019). Zhang is the recipient of the SHIZUKO YOSHIKAWA Advancement Award 2022.
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