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"8848: An Installation Exhibition by Xu Zhen"
2006-03-20 until 2006-03-31
ShanghArt
Shanghai, , CN China

Showing at H-Space from March 20th to 31st, 2006, "8848" ins an installation exhibition by Xu Zhen. In August 2005, Xu Zhen together with his team climbed the 8848.13 meters high Everest. They succeed in cutting the hill top and take it down from the mountain. The exhibition includes the top 1.86m of Mt. Everest, a video documentary of the team sawing off the peak, along with photographic works (22pcs), textual and archival materials, as well as the mountain climbing tools and tools for sawing mountains.

Filmed by nearby documentary artist, "8848" demonstrates the process through time of a host of "explorers" sawing rock from the top of Mount Everest. Now Mount Everest is only 8,844 meters tall, the height lowered by 4 meter (8,848m originally) at man's doing. Some other material, documents and photos were also displayed at the site.

Xu Zhen, born in 1977, graduated from the Shanghai School of Arts and Crafts in 1996. In the last few year he has developed to one of the main creative forces in China. His works are clear cut smart, they hurt, surprise and liberate. Xu Zhen has shown in many exhibitions in China and overseas including twice at the Venice Biennale (in 2001, and in the Chinese Pavilion 2005), Shanghai Biennale, Guangzhou Triennale etc. An exhibition at the Boijmans van Beuningen Museum in Holland is planed this year.

Involved in the project were Xu Zhen, Shen Jiujiu, Yu Wei, male, and Jin Feng.


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