Linhan Zhang
Floating Ephemera

1224 W Loyola Ave, Chicago IL
December 28, 2023 - January 17, 2024

On view from the street, with projections after dark

Floating Ephemera is one of the works in the My ways of seeing series by Linhan Zhang. It focuses on the intersection of dream and memory. After the memory of the dream has survived like a mayfly for a few hours or even minutes, the memory of reality takes its place and justifies the fragmentary dream. The fleeting fragments of the dream create new memories through a leaking hole of the memory. The only thing that remains sometimes is blank. Do those dreams really belong to me? Am I still me in the world of dream? The artist tries to restore the illogical story in the dream world through the ravings in the dream world and the memories in the real world. 

Linhan Zhang is a multimedia artist primarily working with video installation and live performance, as well as photography, artist books, and drawing. Their works focus on the themes of time, the unreliability of memory, the transferability of individual experience, and the repetition of the mundane everyday. They want to test the boundaries between different subjects by collecting, altering, and reconfiguring everyday materials. Zhang has received the BFA from the Central Academy of Fine Arts in the Photography Department and the MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in FVNMA Department. They have presented work at places such as Gene Siskel Film Center in Chicago, Compound Yellow, No Nation Art Lab, The Plan Gallery, Central Academy of Fine Arts Museum, and University of the Arts London. Born in China, Zhang recently lives and works in Beijing.