Born in 1957 in Hangzhou, China.
Widely regarded as the « father of Chinese video art », Zhang was the first Chinese artist to create a video art work in 1988, taping himself washing a chicken, over and over again, as an example of the absurdities of modern China. His works is often infused with sharp social and political commentaries. Another well known piece“Water: Standard Pronunciation,” tapes a former television news broadcaster reading all the words in a Chinese dictionary that start with water into the camera like a newscast. The piece was widely viewed as a critique of the official news media in China and how the nation’s broadcasters jabber endlessly without saying much, yet the viewer is awash in an ocean of words.