My art practice is focusing on exploring women's bewilderments and challenges in the context of Chinese patriarchal society. I extract and magnify the phenomenon of female alienation in contemporary culture and reconstruct it in my work. By using symbolic gestures, my art reflects and criticizes the issues of the objectification and dismemberment of women in mass media.
Untitled Body is a collection of photographs restaging the scenes of online videos of women beating their husbands’ mistresses in China. Echoing my previous practice, this work continues on exploring female's internal conflicts in order to discuss the moralization of women under the patriarchal culture. I utilized the recently prevalent phenomenon of "beating the mistresses" for the project's background and performed as the “mistress” to endure the pain during the performance. The photographs have erased the subjects' identities as women and turned them into the subjects to the dismemberment of the bodies. They magnify the "victim's" emotional and physical pain at the same time. Through the reenactment of the moment of battery from online videos, this body of work intends to reveal a perverse internalized misogyny under the influence of mass media.
Zihui Song (b. 1990, Xi'an, China) is an artist works in China and the United States. Song received her BFA from Xi'an Academy of Fine Arts in 2013 and she holds an MFA in Photographic & Electronic Media from Maryland Institute College of Art. With the use of photography, video and art installation, her work explores internalized misogyny and the complexities of women's bewilderments and identities in the context of Chinese patriarchal society. Song’s work has been exhibited internationally in a variety of venues, her latest shows including Song Zihui: Women’s Power | The Ruin of Representation, China; VAFA 2016 Film Festival, Macau; Project 1612 Film Festival, USA; Qifang Cinephile Collective 2016 Overseas Chinese Screenings, Traveling Screenings in China. You can see more of her work here.