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Mengzhi Zheng

Born 1983 in Ruian (China),
lives and works in Lyon (France)

Mengzhi Zheng considers our present-day architecture to already be a thing of the past, thus affirming its future as ruins. Tweaking the grammar of architectural models and playing with the transposition from drawing to 3D, his works are crafted with “poor” materials (cardboard, crate wood, cord). The results are often minimalist or suggest of a kind of precariousness. He calls his constructions “uninhabited spaces,” “inarchitectures” and “non-functional spaces”. Composed of circular shapes based on assemblages and models, his most recent sculptures flow from his reflections about the properties of the materials that he combines, such as basket-weaving wood and electric-cable ties. Whether for monumental installation or mock-up, his handling of materials seeks to defy the reality of their weight, assemblage and equilibrium.

With the support of HASAP

Mengzhi Zheng, Là où les vents se caressent, 2019. Courtesy de l’artiste, de la Biennale de Lyon 2019 et [of the artist, the 2019 Lyon Biennale and] avec le soutien du Groupe Hasap. © Adagp, Paris, 2019. Photo : Blaise Adilon