ZHAO BANDI

Born in Beijing in 1966. Zhao graduated from the Central Academy of Fine Arts Oil Painting Department, Beijing in 1988. His practices encompass photography, video and performance. In works inspired by public service information and government propaganda, the artist and his toy panda engage in a sharp, deadpan dialogue. He uses humour and the persona of Pandaman to tackle difficult issues of concern to contemporary society.

The Red Mansion Foundation invited Zhao Bandi and his panda to London for a one month residency in 2003 to produce a series of works inspired by their experiences in Britain. Bandi created a video and a series of photographs with captions.

The Manchester Art Gallery, the Ikon Gallery in Birmingham and Aspex Gallery in Portsmouth as well as the London Underground were showing his work simultaneously during the summer of 2004 in a series of off-site shows (billboards and banners) and gallery-based exhibitions.

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1966
Born in Beijing, China
1988
Graduates from the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Oil Painting Department, Beijing, China
PRESENT
Currently living and working in Beijing, China

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS
2005
"ZOOMING INTO FOCUS - CONTEMPORARY CHINESE PHOTOGRAPHY AND VIDEO", Haudens ShanghART Gallery, Shanghai, China
"MAHJONG - CHINESISCHE GEGENWARTSKUNST", Kunstmuseum Bern, Bern, Germany
2004
"DREAMING OF THE DRAGON", Irish Museum of Modern Art - IMMA, Dublin, Ireland
"GROUP SHOW", ShanghART Gallery, Shanghai
"ZHAO BANDI", Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, UK
"UH-OH! PANDAMAN", Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester, UK
"BETWEEN PAST AND FUTURE: NEW PHOTOGRAPHY AND VIDEO FROM CHINA", International Center of Photography, New York, USA
"ZOOMING INTO FOCUS", Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai, China
"OVER ONE BILLION SERVED", Museum of Contemporary Art , Denver, USA
2002
"SUBJECTIVITY - PHOTOGRAPHY OF THEMSELVES", ASUART - Arizona State University Art Museum, Tempe, USA
"THE PANDA AND I", Franco Riccardo arti visive, Naples, Italy
2000
"PORTRAITS, FIGURES, COUPLES AND GROUPS", BizArt, Shanghai, China
1999
"CONCEPTS, COLOURS AND PASSIONS", China Art Archives & Warehouse (CAAW), Beijing, China
"48th VENICE BIENNALE", La Biennale di Venezia, Venice, Italy
1998
"BIENNALE OF SYDNEY", Sydney, Australia