About the Artist
Zhang Lanpo was born in 1973 in Lanzhou, Gansu Province and is from Hunan Province. He received his bachelor’s degree in 1996 and his master’s degree in 2005, both from the Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts.Zhang is currently a university art teacher living and working in Zhaoqing, Guangdong Province. His photography bears a focus on death but places an eye towards reconstructing a view of life. In a world of eternal life that is far more distant and extensive than the world of life strictly defined, he faces a difficult choice in exploring the depths of human nature; this is a contradictory history of functionality and excess, crime and punishment, humanity and divinity, thought and judgment, concealment and reveals. It is precisely this series of contradictions that draws him into the continued consideration and discovery of his subject.
About the work
Giant Pass Series 1
In the Picture I built a giant scepter, which consisted of captured American artillery barrels, temple-top scriptures and Hevajra (Happy King Kong). It slanted in from the brightest spot at the entrance of the cave. I was concerned about and discussed the complex relationship between power and people and heroes and mortals in history. In my view, history could be seen as a process that shapes time, space and human beings. In the sedimentary rocks of the evolution of civilization, greasy liquids of human nature diffused. They were just like crude oil transformed from countless lost lives. Dark plasma was generally full of energy, containing materials that could emit heat. At the same time, they would drill when they met with crevices and run downstream when they met low levels. They was a dark stickiness and stains and it was very difficult to rinse and could not be removed.
Giant Pass Series 2
In an upside-down cave, a dried-up arm of the deceased entered. Many fish and animals gushed out or absorbed from his palm, involuntarily or willingly. Below a half-cut face was placed on the stone mound in the Summer Palace, with three microphones from the first half of the 20th century in his brain, eyes and mouth.
Giant Pass Series 3
In this work, I photographed two children, one with a dragon on his head and the other without beads in his eyes. They were on top of two dry game legs that beat each other and elephant bones, respectively. Dinosaurs were flying in the air to compete for the stone wreath. At the bottom of the picture, beside the abyss, reclined the empty shell of jade clothes sewn with gold wire.