Zen Foto

Liu Zheng “Dream Shock”

September 18 - October 13, 2009
Open Tues - Sat 11:00 - 19:00
Closed Sun, Mon, National holidays. *We will also open Sunday 11 Oct.

Opening reception: Friday, September 18, 18:00 - 20:00

Zen Foto Gallery is pleased to announce its first exhibition. Liu Zheng has had major solo exhibitions in Arles, Venice, Sagamihara as well as Beijing, Guangzhou and elsewhere in his native China. His book “The Chinese” was the product of eight years of traveling the nation, 1994-2002 and has drawn international recognition and much praise.

Zen Foto`s exhibition will provide the first opportunity to see Liu Zheng`s new work “Dream Shock” outside of China. The series contains 40 monochrome portraits that develop themes introduced in “The Chinese”.

Liu Zheng`s images are reminiscent of the work of the classic inter-war portraits of August Sander in Germany and often reveal hitherto unknown aspects of the Chinese people. Liu Zheng wrote:

“With the curiosity of a child, I opened a box that should never have been opened, and that others might be unwilling ever to open. There are too many such boxes in China; people are accustomed to their existence, but few care what they hold. It seems that people have lacked such curiosity for a long time.”(Liu Zheng: extract from “The Chinese”)

This exhibition contains nudity that may be considered unsuitable for children and people offended by depictions of the naked human form. No entry permitted to persons under the age of 20.


Shibuya Ibis Bldg. B1 2-17-3 Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Opening hours: Tues-Sat, 11:00 - 19:00
Close: Sunday, Monday, National holidays *We will also open Sunday 11 Oct. For further information, please contact:


Zen Foto Gallery
Mark Pearson, Amanda Lo

Tel: +81(0)90-9301-7058

Liu Zheng, “Dream Shock”, A Woman with Beijing Opera Headwear, Fine Art Paper, ULTRAGICLEE (TM) , 2008, 31.5cm x 25cm

Liu Zheng, “Dream Shock”, A Boy, Fine Art Paper, ULTRAGICLEE TM , 2008, 31.5cm x 25cm

Liu Zheng, “Dream Shock”, A Man with Mustache, Fine Art Paper, ULTRAGICLEE TM , 2008, 31.5cm x 25cm

Liu Zheng Biography

1969 Born in Wuqiang County, Hebei Province, China Lives in Beijing, China

Selected Exhibitions

2008 Dream Shock, Xin Beijing Art Gallery 2006 Under the Sun, Art Beijing 2006, Beijing, China 2006 Fever Variations, The 6th Gwangju Biennale 2006, Korea 2004 - 2006 Between Past and Future: New Photography and Video from China, (Traveling Exhibition); ICP, New York, NY; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL; Victoria & Albert Museum, London, England; Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Germany etc. 2005 Follow Me, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan 2005 Liu Zheng: The Chinese, Yossi Milo Gallery, New York, NY 2003 50th Biennale di Venezia, Venice, Italy 2003 Rencontres Internationale de la Photographie, Arles, France (solo) 2002 “Photo City Sagamihara 2002”, Japan (solo) 2002 Reinterpretation: A Decade of Experimental Chinese Art, 1st Guangzhou Triennial 1999 Love: Chinese Contemporary Photography and Video, Tachikawa Art Festival, Tokyo, Japan 1998 The Chinese/Three Realms, Taipei Photo Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan (solo) 1995 Topic '95 Five Person Exhibition, Beijing, China (group)

Public Collections

International Center of Photography, New York, NY Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA New Orleans Museum of Art. New Orleans, LA Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA Smart Museum of Art, Chicago, IL Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown, MA Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT


2000 "The Chinese: Liu Zheng Photographs". Beijing: Dragon Work


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