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Qian: To Western audiences, your work may appear to have political meanings. Do you think such meanings are an aspect of your work?
Zhang: I cannot restrict audiences to certain interpretations, though I don't like to look at things simply from a political angle. Perhaps it is because the problems in China are so complicated that people want to find answers for themselves from different angles. In China, many people say that I am crazy, perverted, and a self-torturer. That's their point of view. For me, the question is how I can make good art.
Performing bodies: Zhang Huan, Ma Liuming, and performance art in China
Qian Zhijian, Art Journal, Summer,1999