Jianling Zhang

Born in Wuhan, China and based in Munich

Questions and answers

Who are you?

My name is Jianling Zhang, I was born in the late autumn of Wuhan. Currently I’m based in the early summer of Munich

The media you work with?

Look closer, I’m sitting next to you, blocking the last beam of your artificial sunlight. My curly black hair is reflected across your golden rim glass, in which an orange pill is sinking, bubbling and promising the vitamins and minerals from A to Z. When you pretend to look away, swiftly I insert my tentacles into your card slot and transfer to you the twelve steps towards a better self.

What do you do? What is your topic of research?

I work with mixed mediums, such as text, video and photography. All the sculptures and drawings that I’ve made so far could be easily stolen under a transparent raincoat.

What does it mean for you?

A second chance would exist within the reluctance of materials and individuals to get dissolved by the stomach acid of History.

Interesting fact about you…

For every pound of fat gained, I add 7 miles of new blood vessels. I shed 600,000 particles of skin every hour. I have a unique tongue print and I transfer more germs by shaking hands than kissing. In my lifetime, I will produce two swimming pools’ worth of saliva.

“I believe in the power of …”

I believe in the power of failed utopias.

What does Ground means to you?

Grounding techniques for anxiety: once you find your breath, go through the following steps to help ground yourself: Acknowledge FIVE things you see around you. Acknowledge FOUR things you can touch around you. Acknowledge THREE things you can hear. Acknowledge TWO things you can smell. Acknowledge ONE thing you can taste.