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Zhao Liang

Three Shadows Photography Art Centre 三影堂摄影艺术中心

Sounds of argument pervaded the exhibition “In an Instant: Moving Images and Photography by Zhao Liang,” enticing viewers to part the red velvet curtain surrounding the video installation Interrogation Under Duress, 2004. Behind the curtain, three video screens set in a circle at eye level showed looped footage of three separate Chinese police interrogations. The camera observes the downcast faces, defensive postures, shifting feet, and worn shoes of each suspect with slow pans or stationary frames. Officers interject with their hands, the edges of their shoulders, and their voices, striking, shoving, swearing, accusing. Inside this enclosure of violence and power, one could feel simultaneously sympathy for and authority over the accused.

This sense of complicit viewership was even more pronounced in the video wall projection Crowd, 1999–2007, this time showing three adjacently displayed

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