Zhang Huan - BRIC London Thursday, April 14, 2011 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Private Collection, London

  • Catalogue Essay

    Zhang Huan’s performance 12 Square Meters was a reaction to the squalor of his village, and a reference to a specific experience in a filthy public bathroom. The site of the performance was Dong Cun, later christened by the artist the East Village, as by 1993 the garbage-filled district in the east side of Beijing was the home of the growing artistic community. 12 Square Meters was a performance in which Zhang Huan covered his body in a potent concoction of fish oil and honey to attract the flies in the village’s public convenience. He sat on the toilet, almost immobile, for an hour. Eventually, his body was covered with flies.


12 Square Meters


Gelatin silver print.

150.1 × 100.1 cm (59 1/8 × 39 1/4 in).

Signed, titled, dated and numbered of 15 on the reverse. This work is from an edition of 15.

£15,000 - 20,000 


14 - 15 April 2011