About My Hometown is published to accompany the solo exhibition of Zhang Xiao “About My Hometown”. The catalogue highlights Zhang’s shifting focus from the portrayal of life in contemporary China in his previous series such as Coastline (2009-2013) and They (2006-2008) to reflections on his homecoming to Yantai, and the experiences and presences that surround it in his new works. It also demonstrates the artist’s use of a wider range of medium such as collage, sound and installation in his creative repertoire.
From the shifting form of culture and entertainment, the aesthetics of the people about beauty and modernism to the absurdity of national policy, Zhang’s new works are personal recollections that mirror an ever-changing country and the lives of its people, which resonate and connect with the wider audience.
The catalogue also features an essay by Gu Zheng, a Chinese scholar of the history of photography, photography critic and curator.