Du Zhenjun’s work always focuses on the state of ‘Modern Man’, on the issue of their being and raison d’etre. He turned to the practice of multimedia art since he left China and began his artistic career in France. His early works “Effacement”, “Dog Man” and “Injury” as well as his recent new works “Human Cage” and “Shark Man” are attempts to deliver a kind of notion on the Politics of Body and Identity that have shaped modern humankind. In these works, the artist expressed his concern and reflection on social discipline, intellective authority and system. As civilized mechanisms, their influences and controls over human body and spirit and the latent alienations and damages caused, are aspects in which we could find these kinds of reflections and thoughts in Michel Foucault’s discourses.
Du’s works always inherit a thread of cruelty and violence; sometimes they are embedded metaphorically in the context of the work. He uses different materials and media to produce his artworks. They are often being regarded as multimedia art. He employs intensive computer-related technologies, but behind the dazzling visual impacts created by the scientific artifice, we could sense Du’s critical stance and his deep sensibility on human nature and its inter-relationship with society and civilization. All in all, his work has gone beyond media and technology, infiltrating into the realm of exploring the spiritual power and the logic of the language of art.
Du Zhenjun was born in Shanghai, China, graduated from Shanghai University and École des Beaux-Arts de Rennes (France). He is currently living and working between Paris and Shanghai.