In the video installation A Gust of Wind, Zhang continues to explore notions of perspective and melds them seamlessly with a veiled but incisive social critique. His ultimate goal is to reveal the ways in which social image is constructed and to cast doubt on the ephemeral vision of a middle-class utopia offered by mass media.
Zhang Peili is generally recognized as the first Chinese artist to use video as a primary medium. A leading figure of the Chinese avant-garde movement and a founding member of the artist collective “Pond Society” in the 1980s, he has developed a highly respected international career. Zhang’s earlier works experimented with the aesthetics of boredom and looked at themes of technological, social, and political control. His more recent work interrogates viewing conventions, perceptions of time, and notions of progress through the remixing and editing of found footage. Zhang has been a mentor to many younger Asian artists working with new media.