/ 100

Wenxin Zhang: Beast by the Waterfall Guesthouse 

Born in 1989, Hefei, Anhui Province, China. Currently lives and works in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, China.


How do we distinguishing illusions from memories? An indistinct and blurry haze is created when we try to recall what, where, and why something has happened. However, there is always reason. The photographic series Beast by the Waterfall Guesthouse (2014-now) by Wenxin Zhang depicts a reconstruction of her childhood memories through in-which she explores the boundaries between autobiography and fiction. According to Wenxin Zhang, the overloaded feelings of estrangement and desolation in her journeys between China and the United States of America have transformed her memories into illusions of confinement, making them a juxtaposition of time and space. The photographs are both elusive and enchanting — similar to memories and illusions — creating narratives that are distant-yet-intimate, sensory-yet-intangible, presenting a meeting of physical and mental reality. By using the medium of photography, Wenxin Zhang discover a strange land with icicles growing up from roots of the earth, hazy skies surrounding skyscrapers, detained seahorses and humans crawling naked through the woods. Beast by the Waterfall Guesthouse’s becomes a personal view of the changing world, from a given and relatively static universe, showing an ever-moving, progressing ribbon that needs to be pursued.

Wenxin Zhang is a visual artist creating process- oriented perceptual experiences through mixed- media and photography. She holds an MFA from California College. Her work usually begins with everyday experiences between her home country of China and the United States of America and often grows into reflections on time and transcendence under the concept of travelling. Her work has been exhibited worldwide, including the Guangdong Museum of Art, Goethe Institute in Beijing, InterAccess in Toronto, and Breda Photo in the Netherlands – not to mention being featured in our publication Rooms Within China.

Click here to follow Wenxin Zhang on Instagram. 

Edited by Nikolaj Ahlefeldt