Zhen (MadeIn Company), Xu est. 2009  / Buddha's Warrior Attendant (Soldier's Hat)
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The four Buddha warriors are hieratic sculptures erected like totems which prolong, in their way, the effort to demystify imperial, military and colonial propaganda. These four large fetishes, taller than 2 metres, that reclaim the canon of African tribal statuary, are decked with the symbols of the oppressor: a kepi, a soldier's helmet, a colonial hat and an officer's cap - all of which have one thing in common: they are too small for the heads that they cover. A simple but efficacious manner to denounce the illegitimacy of tyrannical powers over religious and cultural minorities - as does the altar dedicated to the Buddha painted yellow. Here, MadeIn Company points the finger at the Chinese imperialism that is victimising Tibet. 

These imposing, hulking sculptures are actually made of polyurethane foam - a light malleable material, similar to the accessories of stage sets, which Xu Zhen uses to underscore the following paradox: The massive appearance of these sculptures contrasts with the fragility of the material - an ever so symbolic metaphor of the social and political systems in place.

Xu Zhen (MadeIn Company) (est. 2009 , China)

Buddha's Warrior Attendant (Soldier's Hat), 2011

Polyurethane foam
225 x 55 x 50 cm.
88 9/16 x 21 5/8 x 19 11/16 in.
Natalie Obadia Gallery,Brussels, Belgium Current Location:
UK - Phillips, London SculptureFar East


Xu Zhen by MadeIn Company - solo show
Galerie Natalie Obadia, Brussels, Belgium
November 2013 - January 2014

Sleeping Life Away
Galerie Natalie Obadia, Paris, France
March 2012 - May 2012


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