Vortex|Chen Zhou Tells Zang Stories

2022.11.10 Thursday 20:30


53 Huangpu Road, Panorama Hotel, 28C Floor, Hongkou District, Shanghai.

Performer:Chen Zhou

The word "zang (脏)" in Mandarin means dirty, but its pronunciation is exactly the same as the word that means "true (真)" in Wenzhou dialect. 

There is a saying that goes: "When you can smell shit, you are not far from the truth." This is the beautiful connection between "dirty"(脏zang) and "true", and this connection is achieved through renunciation. Perseverance has a good reputation, giving up, on the contrary, is "dirty"(脏zang). However, the "truth" often appears unexpectedly from the relief that comes after giving up. "In the crowd once and again, I look for her in vain. When all at once I turn my head, I find her there where lantern light is dimly shed. "

A loud fart, stinky, but amusing. That's the moment of love. The eternal truth echoes in the laughter that requires no explanation.


I: A love joke

II: Fear meditation

III: cliche-clear shit-truth

IV: Fake magic show

V: The taste of sweetness

VI: Drinking or dancing

About the Performer: Chen Zhou

Chen Zhou (b. 1987, China) currently lives and works in Shanghai.

His early works center on the spiritual predicaments in contemporary life and try to respond to and deconstruct them humorously and absurdly. From 2022, Chen turned internally to human spiritual force and sentience. Specializing in abstract narrative cinematic images, paintings, and writing.

Chen creates tranquil and intuitive scenarios that seek to provoke the viewers into introspection by capturing a vague gap between the lived experience of reality and the trance of void. He likens it to the trigger of an inner mirror.

About the Vortex

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