Xiaowen Zhu. Oriental Silk (bilingual)



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Xiaowen Zhu


Can corporate history be art? This question can only be asked if one is not familiar with the fascinating long-term project by the Chinese artist Xiaowen Zhu. Anyone who has experienced Oriental Silk will answer this question with a clear “yes.” The project’s title is also the name of a company founded in Los Angeles in the early 1970s. Specialising in trading and distributing silks, it was headed for decades by Kenneth Wong and his family. Through her multi-sensory works Zhu opens up a multifaceted view of a firm that is distinguished, like its silk products, through its own haptics, style, colours, and values. The people, places, and stories that make up the phenomenon of Oriental Silk form a fascinating, vivid tapestry in which the past and present, art and life, are closely interwoven.

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Weight 546 g
Dimensions 19.4 x 24.7 cm
Publisher name Hatje Cantz Verlag
Publication date 5 January 2021
Number of pages 188
Format Hardback
Dimensions 19.4 x 24.7 cm
Weight 546 g


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XIAOWEN ZHU (*1986, Shanghai) calls herself a "visual poet and aesthetic researcher." For her artistic studies she combines diverse materials and media to create an experience that articulates the specific world she inhabits. She lives in Berlin.