Born 1978, northeastern Sichuan. Lives and works in Chengdu
With an optically enlarged photograph of Audrey Hepburn, the artist X-rays the nature of fame. We are fascinated by celebrities, but what do we really know about them? Do they inhabit a different world, or does it just please us to imagine they do? Zhang Jin, a trained chemist, steers us from fantasy to facts: celebrities, he points out, are made of the same banal stuff as everyone else. Fame, then, is fiction—or, as the poet Rilke wrote (speaking of Rodin), “Fame is the sum of misunderstandings that gather about a new name”.