The original intent of Heg-Wars was to collect information on modern hegemonies and help explain what they are, how they work, whose interests they serve, and who they are in competition with. Hegemonies are not all bad, but they are all self serving. To that end it is worth keeping track of them. There is a Facebook group devoted to this subject as well.
This exhibition in Florence in October 2013 was very impressive, and one which we were lucky enough to visit. The backdrop of the city of Florence spread out below the Forte di Belvedere was spectacular. In 2006 Zhang took up sculpture after converting to Buddhism. He also involved the body in his sculptures; his earliest sculptures were giant copper hands and feet, magnified versions of fragments of broken Buddhist figures that he found in Tibet.
He seeks to discover the point at which the spiritual can manifest via the corporeal. He uses simple repetitive gestures, usually regarded as meaningless work-for-work’s-sake chores. Buddhism, with its temple music, sculptures and philosophy are a prevalent theme in Zhang Huan’s work.
“We’ve arranged a society based on science and technology in which nobody understands anything about science and technology, and this combustible mixture of ignorance and power, sooner or later, is going to blow up in our faces. I mean, who is running the science and technology in a democracy if the people don’t know anything about it?