Apr 15th 2017

Mengda Zhang: You Think You Know Me

@ gallery no one

1579 N Milwaukee Ave, Rm 303, Chicago, IL 60622

Opening Saturday, April 15th, from 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM

On view through Saturday, April 15th

gallery no one is pleased to present Mengda Zhang’s performance “You Think You Know Me”.

Inspired by the everyday social behavior of getting familiar with someone, Mengda Zhang started this project by making 122 drawings about her own experience with all the different types of the social relationship: kinship, friendship, and romantic relationship. The drawing process was intuitive but also in an order of personal logic. By blindfolding herself, the artist would shift the role of the audience from the witness to the facilitator while she attempts to tell the stories behind the drawings. This performance would be allegorical to the artist’s perspective about social relationship: the duration of knowing each other or the sharing memories might fool us sometimes to think we understand someone. However, we shall never fully know another individual in the world.

張夢妲 Mengda Zhang, a Chinese artist born in 1993, currently lives and works in Philadelphia. She obtained her BFA degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2016. Currently, she is a MFA candidate at University of Pennsylvania.
Working with installation and performance, the artist attempts to deconstruct the trivialities of everyday life to think around the struggle between her norms and others’. Her works are poetic experiments that meditate on her curiosity and confusion about people.

The performance will start at 19:30.
Wine and snacks will be provided.

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