In “Waterfall Hotel”, faint clues lead readers on a journey between reality and illusion, beginning from a hotel built in the 90s of the last century in deep mountain. The unknown present moments are mixed with the past memories and experience. The “beasts” in gaps appear gradually clear beyond the images. Every page of the book is like a slice of time. It forms a whole with flowing structure through folding/expanding, covering/separating, stitching/cutting. From “direct” photography, to photos adding fictional elements, and to 3D modeling and animation using photo as materials, what this book presents is not one series of her works, but a new works produced by grabbing and selecting from her complex images. The process is following roads hidden behind her creations all the time. Like “waterfall” in the title, the images naturally flow and tilt to form narratives, to form cliffs and shoals.
About Wenxin Zhang Wenxin Zhang was born in 1989 and currently lives and works in Anhui. She has received her MFA degree at California College of the Arts in 2013. Zhang was a receiver of the Magnum Foundation Atlantic Philanthropies Grant in 2015, and she was selected as British Journal of Photograph’s 2016 New Talent. She was also a finalist in 2014 Three Shadows Photography Award and the 2014 Leica Oskar Barnack Newcomer Award. She has also participated in artist residencies and exhibitions in both China and overseas. Zhang utilizes video, CG, photography and installation, as well as combines writing and music to create process-oriented perceptual experience that usually starts from everyday experience and then grows into the continuous reflections on time and transcendence.