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Ran Zhou: A Winter Solstice Prayer
A map says to you, “Read me carefully, follow me closely, doubt me not.”
It says, “I am the earth in the palm of your hand. Without me, you are alone and lost.”
And indeed you are. Were all the maps in this world destroyed and vanished under the
direction of some hand, each man would be blind again, each city be made a stranger to the
next, each landmark become a meaningless signpost pointing to nothing.
— Beryl Markham, 1983

Considering map as a form of power-knowledge, Ran Zhou’s solo show A Winter Solstice Prayer
focuses on destructing map, while reconstructing its relationship with the imaginary landscape. It attempts to enlarge the humanize aspect of map to reexamine the cultural implication of national boundary and the migration issue happens worldwide. Using black and white as the base tone, this series combines mixed-media sculptures, paintings, and organic plants to tell different stories of migrant, family gathering, and the trauma of illegal border crossing happening at present. Projecting Zhou’s multi-cultural background onto a global vision, A Winter Solstice Prayer attempts to use a metaphorical language to balance the abstract and narrative, while exploring the tension between the heavy social reality and her Chinese poetic romance.

Ran Zhou is a visual artist based in Vancouver British Columbia, originally from China. Her practice is influenced by her continued movement between Canada, China, and the United States. Getting rid of the specific national restrictions and traditional concepts, Ran’s art creates a subtle space located at crevices between the concept of contemporariness of culture and individual awareness within the vortex of globalization. For her past studio practice, she has addressed themes such as urban histories and memory deconstruction, solidification of the education system, child safety, and dynamics of migration flow. Zhou received her BFA with honours in visual arts and honours in art history from the University of British Columbia (UBC) in 2019. Zhou is represented by Z Gallery Arts, Canada.

Ran Zhou
My Home is Your Home, is Where the River Flows #1
2019
Sculpture painting, 35 x 48 in.
Z Gallery Arts, Vancouver, BC
Ran Zhou
Skin Puzzle
2019
Sculpture painting, 35 x 35 in.
Z Gallery Arts, Vancouver, BC
Ran Zhou
My Home is Your Home, is Where the River Flows #2
2019
Sculpture painting, 30 x 40 in.
Z Gallery Arts, Vancouver, BC
Ran Zhou
The Last River Has Dried
2019
Sculpture painting, 40 x 40 in.
Z Gallery Arts, Vancouver, BC
Ran Zhou
The Big and the Only tragedy is Death Itself and That is it
2019
Mixed-media installation, 2 m. x 1.2 m. x 0.8 m.
Z Gallery Arts, Vancouver, BC