Xiaowen Zhu

Xiaowen Zhu is a Berlin-based artist, filmmaker, and writer. She considers herself as a visual poet, social critic, and aesthetic researcher. Her work combines moving images, photography, and writing to communicate the complex experience of being a diasporic person and to explore notions related to migration, identity, and the politics of memories. 

Zhu has received numerous awards, including TASML Artist Residency Award, Marylyn Ginsburg Klaus Fellowship, Jury Award of DOK Munich, Jury Award of Mexico International Documentary Film Festival, among others. She was an artist-in-residence at ZKM | Center for Art and Media, Karlsruhe, Germany, and V2_Institute for the Unstable Media, Rotterdam, the Netherlands. She was a visiting artist filmmaker at Rhode Island School of Design, New York University, University of Southern California, University of California, Los Angeles, Lund University, University of Westminster, Tongji University, Tsinghua University, and Fudan University. She taught at the British Film Institute’s Film Academy, Syracuse University, and Marymount California University. Her writing has been published by Kaleidoscope Magazine, Mousse, Yishu Journal, Art 289, among many others. Zhu received her MFA in Art Video from Syracuse University, USA and BA in Film, TV Production & Media Art from Tongji University, China.

Zhu’s work has been widely shown internationally, including Fowler Museum (Los Angeles, USA), USC Pacific Asia Museum (Los Angeles, USA), Lund Museum (Lund, Sweden), Berlin Art Week, Whitechapel Gallery (London, UK), Whitstable Biennale (Whitstable, UK), Central Academy of Fine Arts Museum (Beijing China), Chronus Art Center (Shanghai, China), Art Basel Hongkong, ZKM | Center for Art and Media (Karlsruhe, Germany), V2_Institute for the Unstable Media (Rotterdam, the Netherlands), ISEA2011 (Istanbul, Turkey), Dumbo Arts Center (New York, USA), Videonale (Berlin, Germany), Museum of Contemporary Photography (Chicago, USA), Los Angeles Art Association (Los Angeles, USA), Venice Arts Gallery (Los Angeles, USA), Strozzina Art Space (Florence,Italy), Sainsbury Center for Visual Arts (Norwich, UK), Toronto Urban Film Festival (Toronto, Canada), DOK Munich (Munich, Germany), Film Winter (Stuttgart, Germany), Athens Video Art Festival (Athens, Greece), K3 Film Festival (Austria), Everson Museum of Art (Syracuse, USA), Shanghai eArts Festival(Shanghai, China) and more.

Xiaowen Zhu’s participation to Default 19 is supported by ArtHub Asia, Shanghai.