With an eye for the eccentricities of human behaviour, Chinese photographer Zhang Xiao captures the surrealism and illusion of real life.
Based in Chengdu, Sichuan Province, Chinese photographer Zhang Xiao captures the surrealism and illusion of real life. With an eye for the eccentricities of human behaviour, he depicts his subjects with sincerity and warmth, wether it is a group of Chinese construction workers, a deserted amusement park, or a family on holiday by the coast. In his Shanxi series, he unveils the imaginative illusion of the Shehuo festival.
– This is a surreal world. Some people seem to have dropped from the clouds, appeared from nowhere, so different from the rest of the world. I love them, for what they are at this moment has gone far beyond their own reality or even the era they belong to, Zhang Xiao says about the series. In the first lunar month after each Spring Festival, the ordinary villages of Shanxi are bound to become wonderlands. Shehuo (Community’s Fire Festival) and Temple Fair, the archaic customs, occupy the locals for the most of the holiday. The “group sleepwalking” has turned the land into a huge stage. All the bewilderment and helplessness of reality are totally forgotten. Illusion and absurdity finally meet in real life. I wandered by, took pictures and tried my best not to wake them up.
See a selection of Zhang Xiao‘s work above.