BANK (Shanghai, China)
by Polit-Sheer-Form Office (PSFO)
Hong Hao, Leng Lin, Liu Jianhua, Song Dong, Xiao Yu
Polit-Sheer-Form Office (PSFO) is an art group founded by artists Hong Hao, Xiao Yu, Song Dong, Liu Jianhua, and curator and critic Leng Lin in 2005. PSFO concern themselves with the world and focus on the construction of the mental world. They think, talk, travel around and have fun, trying to transform the political, cultural, economic life and everyday life into pure forms by their boundary-blurring practice.
In 2008 Mr. Zheng was born. Mr. Zheng was the personification of PSFO's idea that 'We become I'. The portrait of a man staring blankly out of a starched white shirt looks like any id photo used to catalog individuals in society. However this image is a composite portrait of the group's ve members.
Like a child, Mr. Zheng embodies the characteristics of each parent, while at the same time retaining his own unique quality. For a public art project, Mr. Zheng's solemn portrait was hung in public spaces throughout Shanghai, helping to incite the memory of a bygone era when leaders' portraits were ubiquitous. Mr. Zheng however, is only a portrait, a symbol, an icon, a fictitious play on the void that Socialism has left upon society.