O Zhang

Unearthing China’s ‘cool spirits’ with a camera

O Zhang (left) and Xiaoli Tan, video producers of the ‘Cool Sparks’ project. Photo: Handout

Images of China’s capital city engulfed in a thick, yellow-gray blanket of smog and dust since late last year have shocked the world.

Thursday, 4 April, 2013, 9:51am 1 comment

Home-schooling on the mainland

Home-schooling on the mainland

One week after Zhang Qiaofeng launches the school that he runs from home, he hosts an open day. A dozen families turn up with their children at his rented flat in Beijing's northern suburbs. The visitors include Zhang Wujun, his wife and their seven-year-old son Yuyang. They took a train all the way from Qinhuangdao, a port city 420 kilometres away, to be here.

30 Sep 2012 - 11:35am

Portrait of a city as a blank canvas

Hong Kong has the infrastructure to become a world cultural capital, says mainland artist Zhang Huan. What it needs now is more homegrown artists.

28 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Cultural exchange

The world is changing China - but will the mainland change the world? That's a recurring theme in the work of Chinese conceptual artist and photographer O Zhang. Her works depict the social melee that has arisen in the country as it interacts with Western consumer goods, Western economies and Western ideas.

15 May 2011 - 12:00am

Face of the future

With the unrest in Tibet and nearby provinces and the Beijing Olympics just around the corner, it seems almost inevitable that any conversation about China quickly turns to politics, especially in the west.

23 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Free spirit

ALTHOUGH THE MAINLAND boasts top fashion names such as Louis Vuitton and Prada, its own young talents are striving to make their mark. Their biggest challenge is competing with the glamorous names and hefty marketing budgets of the international conglomerates, all the while maintaining a determined attitude and nurturing their creative spirit.

23 Aug 2006 - 12:00am