Tianzhuo Chen and his contemporary religion
Chinese artist born in 1985, Tianzhuo Chen graduated from the prestigious St Martins Central College and the Chelsea College of Art and Design and works in Beijing. Rising star of contemporary art, his productions were shown at the Palais de Tokyo in 2015 for his first solo exhibition in France. His work, which includes performance, video and installation, is loaded with references to various subcultures, such as rave, LGBT community, kawaii or BDSM. Along with sex and drugs, religion and beliefs are also very present in his work. He uses inspiration from traditional codes in order to reinvent them. His hardcore pop aesthetic is dazzling and hypnotic. The costumes that adorn the sometimes disturbing characters seem taken straight out of a fantasy world. His performances use profane elements, such as masturbation or bongs, in a precious and ritual way, thus questioning their place in society and titillating the viewer.
Tianzhuo Chen took part in the CTM Festival in February 2016, an international festival dedicated mainly to contemporary and experimental electronic music, but also shows artistic works of other kinds, in the context of sound and club culture.
Le site de l’artiste: tianzhuochen.com
© Tianzhuo Chen