CHEN ZHOU: I AM NOT NOT NOT CHEN ZHOU

On 05/08/2013 by Site Default

Chen Zhou holds a knife to his wrist but doesn’t press down. This event early in his new film seems to express the artist’s present state more precisely than anything else—“I want to, but I can’t.” In Chen’s previous work Spanking the Maid, the same “inability” can be found, only on this occasion, the identity of the artist has been explicitly revealed, the metaphor as a rhetorical method has been dropped, and the lead role—hitherto concealed—has been set free. Not only does he now speak directly, he chatters incessantly, repeatedly negating himself but always full of conviction—perhaps he is no longer an artist, but he’ll always be Chen Zhou…

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