Based between Beijing and Shenzhen, Jiang Zhi 蒋志 (born in 1971 in Yuanjiang, China) is a prolific and multidisciplinary artist whose production began in 1997. Videos, paintings, installations and photography, his seemingly disparate works find a common denominator through their treatment of body language, femininity, light, whiteness, and even theatricality. Through his series “Love Letters”, Jiang Zhi is confronting the timeless symbols of fire and flowers. The artist plays around with the codes of still lives by sublimating the flowers, embellishing them, presenting them in delicate vases or in front of flashy backdrops in order to destroy them with flames. These pictures of flowers in flames reveal a unique moment where extreme beauty and extreme violence encounter.
See more of Jiang Zhi’s work at Photography of China.
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