Patty Chang | the artist
The artist Patty Chang
Born 1972, San Francisco, California, USA.
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Patty Chang is known for her mesmerizing and sometimes disturbing videos and performances which have for many years focused intensely on her own body. Her charged scenarios attack cultural codes colliding issues of submission and rebellion, and they often explore subconscious layers of sexuality in thrilling and discomforting ways.
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Work in the Guggenheim collection
Patty Changs video installation examines the idea of Shangri-La, the mythical hamlet of James Hiltons 1933 novel, Lost Horizon…
Chang’s video begins with a flight that descends through clouds shrouding a spectacular mountain landscape. The scene continues with her meeting a group of monks in the mountains that turn out to be part of the atrium decoration of a tourist hotel. Within the first few moments of the video, the viewer is caught up in a rapid oscillation as fictional elements are supplanted by real-world footage of Zhongdian…
Patty Changs work Garden (2005) takes as its departure point the prevalent theme in pre-modern Chinese literature of longing for home and returning to ones garden after times of chaos, and in old age.