Artist BioBruno Zhu (1991, Portugal) is a photographer and creator of bzbooks.org. He currently works between London (UK) and Paris (FR), and studying at Central Saint Martins (London, UK). He had his first solo show in March 2012 entitled Grass Warm Trifecta at Carlos/Ishikawa (London, UK) followed by work presented at A PETITE FAIR, a four-gallery event held at Jeanine Hofland Contemporary Art (Amsterdam, NL). He co-published 'The Palace Explodes The Shrimp Bail, When The Flower Want To Oxygen and Nutrition, I Will Help You Too Much' (2011) with fellow photographer Mengxi Zhang featured in Binding Image's December book exhibition at MuzyQ (Amsterdam, NL) (2012). His most recent work has been focused on the relationship between bookmaking and photography by constantly reexamining the structures of visual reading, creating and exploring narrative patterns and reformulating the immediacy of both the photographic medium and printed matter.

the baby smiles to be like the angel similar

'Big Packages', 2013, Digital Print
‘the baby smiles to be like the angel similar’ (2013) showcases a selection of photographs produced by a Chinese studio of my sister. It is a tradition to commission such thing to commemorate the child's first Chinese zodiac cycle, when they reach age 12. But my mother commissioned them out of time and with no other reason. These images simply reflect the luxury of the impulse. My sister is portrayed as a prom queen, a princess, a country girl, and an angel amongst others.There is quirk and innocence in her pose and smile, but the mood is heightened by the words applied on top of the images during postproduction. They are one-liners about lost love, everlasting friendship and other cute spasms, flawed in their construction and written in a broken English. They are mostly designed in bright colours and rounded fonts, shedding a layer of instant pop appeal.
'Big Packages', 2013, Digital Print
'(d)esign, bitch!', 2013, Digital Print
'Untitled (holding her cheek)', 2013, Digital Print
'My Dreams', 2013, Digital Print
'Untitled (graduation)', 2013, Digital Print

Compact

Compact 00: a window, 2013, Digital Print, 29,7cm x 42cm
Compact is a series of twelve booklets, each containing five spreads created by collapsing individual images of the same subject/situation taken in a matter of seconds; in its essence, the project is an examination of the ‘sequencing’ structure, both applied on a bookmaking context and photographic selection. Going through the booklet from left to right and vice versa blurs the time and space stigma that perceives a photograph, to an extent that I could question the booklet itself to be ‘the photograph’. In the heart of the series lies a necessity to destroy and rebuild data in order to retrace the movement of photographing. The first group of images came together while composing a photograph of the window seen in Compact 00. Later revising what I had shot, I realised each image was unique on its own, because none of them would exist if I had not shot the image preceding them. Following that premise, I decided to print the group of photographs, one image per side, on both sides of the paper so I could then fold them and reposition them ‘back-to-back’ as they were in my memory card. Going though the formed pages I became aware of new images shaping through the juxtaposition of the old ones. In the Compact journey, all the subjects initially perceived transform since all their different details are now mashed together into new compositions.
Compact 00: a window, 2013, Digital Print, 29,7cm x 42cm
Compact 02: a fence, 2013, Digital Print, 29,7cm x 42cm
Compact 11: a scaffold, 2013, Digital Print, 29,7cm x 42cm
Compact 04: a wing, 2013, Digital Print, 29,7cm x 42cm
Compact 03: an antenna, 2013, Digital Print, 29,7cm x 42cm

Facsimile I: a novel

(prototype #1), Facsimile I, 448 pages, 90gsm uncoated white paper, 10.8cm x 17.45cm
(proposal) Facsimile I is the opening instalment of a series of illustrated novels utilising non-fictional characters and persons taken from Tumblr. The premise of this series lies in collecting data from the most popular photographs of my online portfolio on Tumblr. Each novel traces back the ‘reblogs’ that it had since its upload to the individuals that have done it. The collected material was filtered under several categories like gender, age, length of ‘about me’ section, length of blog titles, self-portraiture, screenshots of the original photograph and their tumblr layout and miscellaneous. The components were later reassembled under a coming of age story structure as a reaction to the heavy and intimate textual presence in the found material. The book introduces and follows a group of young people between 14 to early 20s and their aspirations, disillusionments and the development of their critical view towards the world through a dialogue of ‘one-liner’ attitudes, graphic gimmicks and visual appropriation where my photograph plays a role. In Facsimile, the role of creator becomes diluted as my photograph gains different meanings for each person when inserted within their tumblrs. The original product has now become a piece of a creation elsewhere, belonging to a vocabulary of a different self to build their online identity. The Facsimile project could be seen in two ways: as analysis of the sharing politics in one of the most popular visual platforms today followed by an reinterpretation of the classical pocket book novel format. As a proposal for the grant, the provided funds would be used to publish the current instalment of the project to reach a wider audience, and produce a presentation highlighting the characters and participants introduced by the book.
(prototype #1), Facsimile I, 448 pages, 90gsm uncoated white paper, 10.8cm x 17.45cm
(from left: backcover, spine, frontcover), Facsimile I, 448 pages, 90gsm uncoated white paper, 10.8cm x 17.45cm
(editing process #1), Facsimile I, 448 pages, 90gsm uncoated white paper, 10.8cm x 17.45cm
'Contents (p.9)', in Facsimile I, 448 pages, 90gsm uncoated white paper, 10.8cm x 17.45cm
(clockwise from top left: pp.14-15, pp.16-17, pp.24-25, pp.36-37), in 'go with the flow' and 'Disorder', in Facsimile I, 448 pages, 90gsm uncoated white paper, 10.8cm x 17.45cm

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