Beijing

Zhang Peili, The Front View of an Apartment Building, 2013, digital video, color, silent, 24 minutes. Installation view. Photo: Yang Chao Studio.

Zhang Peili

Boers-Li Gallery 博而励画廊

Zhang Peili’s “Now That” did not extend the most hospitable greeting to its viewers. Upon arriving at the gallery, one immediately found oneself barricaded in an imposing open-roofed structure made of shiny metal railings, whose doors then opened up to allow passage into the space. Inside, a dozen new and used mattresses—some leaning against a wall, others resting on the floor, were scattered about. Lying down on any of the mattresses, one heard a digitally simulated voice reading out names.

Whose were those names enunciated at five-second intervals? And what was the relationship of this piece, Audible Mattress, 2018, to the construction at the entrance, Access Control System, 2018? As it turned out, the names broadcast in Audible Mattress are those of randomly selected Chinese Communist Party members, wanted criminals, and lost children. When asked why he mixed these names together, Zhang

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