STATEMENT of PUPPET ARCHIVE
张 巍 Zhang wei
In the previous works, I photographed a lot of character materials, and afterwards using a digital collage to create a fictitious idol group with celebrities and politicians. In this new series, I want these character materials to be placed in some counterfeit scenes. As a result, those images grow more dramatized, and eventually become an illusory empire.
By re-encoding many historical documents, movie stills, ancient paintings, classical documentary photographs and other materials from the internet, the fictitious idol group simulated the original events, figures, and their behaviors from those materials, tampered with the original model of reality and destroyed “rationality”. Thus, the false documentation was constituted in this spatio-temporal disorder. The false documentation is a montage of pseudo-history. On the other hand, political fables are also symbolling of the future.