I am interested in language. From the moment we were born, language has been in our life. How has language built a collective understanding of our tradition, which we see as our authenticity? How does the massive and advanced vocabulary that we inherit from our (academic) education, distance us from a fundamental perspective?  

Daily experiences are the starting point in my practice. I often prefer to stand in a position of “not understanding”, for example, to take a language as a series of sounds instead of something that needs to be understood or decoded. I want to bring the public beyond the domain of language as a communication tool and into the dynamics and underlay of it.

My thoughts ended up with photos or paintings. But right now, the video installation more closely resembles the “stream of my thoughts”.

Hussel Zhu, 1994
Shanghai, CN / Rotterdam, NL

2019 – 2021 MFA in Visual Arts and Post-Contemporary Practice, St.Joost, ‘s-Hertogenbosch, NL

2011 – 2015 BA in Image, Shanghai institute of visual art of Fudan University, Shanghai, CN

 

Grants & artist residency

2022 DESTINATION UNKNOWN 2022, Venlo, NL (on going)

2022 AIR international, Witte Rook, Breda, NL

2021 – 2022 Apprentice Master, Kunstpodium T, Tilburg, NL

2021 Nov. The Raw Cases #1: Mid-Air, DOOR, Dordrecht, NL

2021 Werkwarenhuis, ‘s-Hertogenbosch residency, NL

2021 Cultuursubsidies, support by municipality of ‘s-Hertogenbosch, NL

 

Selected exhibitions 

2022 DESTINATION UNKNOWN 2022, Venlo, NL (up coming, Sep.)

2022 ISSUE #III – Pieter Laurens Mol, PIER15 and Stedlijk Museum Breda, Breda, NL (up coming, Aug.)

2022 Performance, MELK | WATER, H(a)L in Frank Taal Galerie expo no.2, Rotterdam, NL

2022 Collective Contemplation, …ism project space, Den Haag, NL

2022 ART RENDEZ VOUS BREDA, Open studio, Witte Rook, Breda, NL

2022 Open studio, Witte Rook, Breda, NL

2022 Tuesday path, A/M #3, Kunstpodium-T, Tilburg, NL

2021 Mid-Air, The Raw Cases #2, DOOR, Dordrecht, NL

2021 ‘Taking IS LOsing’, One-off Moving Image Festival 2021, DK

2021 FINISH WEEKEND, Rottstr5-KUNSTHALLEN, Bochum, DE 

2021 Those Are The Days, Kunstpodium-t, Tilburg, NL

2021 I BELIEVE YOU, I BELIEVE IN YOU, Solinger Künstler program, Galerie SK, Solingen, DE

2021 Live Alone, Die Together, graduation show, offline&online, AKV | St.Joost, ‘s-Hertogenbosch, NL

2021 FENSTER GESPRÄCHE, by Neuland Projektraum, Rottstraße, Bochum, DE

2021 The Raw Cases, Werkwarenhuis, ‘s-Hertogenbosch, NL

2021 The Hague Contemporary Art Weekend, Poster spots in public space, support by 1646 & Nest, Den Haag, NL

2021 Oude Kerk, the Tiny gallery, the Hague, NL

2020 Annotated Memories, undocumented events and object permanence, online, by Noemata, NO

2020 Lost in translation, Systematic, Eye Film Museum, Amsterdam, NL

2020 One-second movies, online&offline, Leap second Festival, Valencia (ES), Gol (No), Copenhagen (DK)

2019 Intimate collections, De Fuik 108, ‘s-Hertogenbosch, NL (Solo)

2019 One-off Moving Image Festival 2019, public space, Valencia (ES) and Gol (No) 

2017 Shadow, performance with Nana Azul, People’s park, Shanghai, CN

2016 Noisy, Old Millfun 1933, Shanghai, CN 

2015 Hand-made photos, the 15th China Pingyao international photography festival, Shanxi, CN

2013 Wei! SIVA white space, Shanghai, CN

 

Talks & lectures

2021 Live Alone, Die Together, live streaming event, AKV | St.Joost, ‘s-Hertogenbosch, NL

2021 Research hub: Live Alone, Die Together, V2_ Lab, Rotterdam, NL

2021 Presenting Research in Art & Design, AKV|St.Joost, ‘s-Hertogenbosch, NL

 

Selected press

2022 Appearances of a Cultural Jet Leg, Witte Rook, NL

2021 Solinger Tageblatt, Solingen, DE

2021 Solinger Morgenpost, Solingen, DE

2021 Metropolism_mag, Live Alone, Die Together, NL

2021 Art & Education, Live Alone, Die Together, NL

2020 Punt Avans, Onafhankelijk magazine van Avans Hogeschool, Breda, NL

 

Collective groups & projects

2022 Sarmad Fiction Writing Club, Rotterdam, NL

2022 POST-POST, artsit collctive progam, Rotterdam, NL

2022 Project_168H, Edition 8, with H.U.T. Collectief and artists, NL

2021 Networked Collective, workshop, gallery Dürst Britt & Mayhew, Den Haag, NL

2021 Collective Contemplation, #winter, Rotterdam, NL

2020 – 2021 Satellites | laboratory for sound and soul, DE

 

Publications

2022 Satellites | laboratory for sound and soul, published by Laboratory of Sound And Soul

2022 I Believe You, I Believe in You, support by Verein Solinger Kunstlier e.V and St.Joost

2021 Undocumented events and object permanence, e-book, published by Nomata 

2020 Installation on location, edition 02, published by AKV|St.Joost, NL

2018 Lost in translation, photos album, collected by Swatch Art Peace Hotel, Shanghai, CN

 

Awards

2021 Onomatopoeia, Official Selection first-Time filmmaker sessions, by Lift-off Global Network 2021

 

Relevant experiences

2020 – present Art-space volunteer, Club Solo, Breda, NL

2020 Jury member, Eye on Art’s Research Labs, Eye film museum 2020, Amsterdam, NL

2016-2018 Social Media Executive, Artist Relations Dept., Swatch Art Peace Hotel, Artist residency program, Swatch Group, Shanghai, CN