Zhang Peili: Actor’s Line and Last Words

16 March–23 April 2005

Chinese video artist Zhang Peili subverts images of authority. Actor’s Line uses footage from the 1964 movie Sentry Under Neon Lights, where two men meet on a bridge to discuss political ideology. Re-edited by Peili, their body language and proximity suggest a relationship that is 'more than ideological'. In Last Words, a dying hero's final moments are repeated to emphasise the artificiality of death in a romantic revolutionary style.


Peili's residency was supported by the Australia-China Council.