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Gary Zhexi Zhang

Parasite (物流)

We are delighted to present another iteration of our online screening series. On this occasion, to acknowledge the crucial role artists play in inspiring and supporting other artists, we have asked currently exhibiting artist Yuri Pattison to co-curate the series by inviting an artist that influenced and/or inspired him. Yuri has invited artist and writer Gary Zhexi Zhang.

Parasite (物流) is a film about extraction and exploitation, dependency and nurture, explored through the life-cycle of an amoeba as it multiplies and proliferates through human bodies as parasitic hosts. The spores of a single-cellular slime mould infect a human population, manifesting as a skin condition which produces strange collective sedative sensations amongst their hosts: feelings of loss, openness, and empathy. A melding of science fiction, nature documentary and fable, Parasite (物流) serves as a vehicle for Gary Zhexi Zhang’s interest in exploring social infrastructures, conceptions of ecology, informal economies and the history of ‘the commons’ by rethinking the foundations and agency of human relationships (communication, exchange, history and power).

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