Unfinished Garden

Artist: Zheng Guogu
installation, video | video installation | 2004

The Age of Empire, later renamed Unfinished Garden, is a longterm project reflecting on the metaphorical and actual significance of land as an object of legal transactions, and as a core subject in the language of representation of Chinese traditional painting. The artist bought a piece of land in 2000 from a farmer in the outskirts of his home town, Yangjiang. Gradually, he set about reshaping the land and building on it, all the while observing the relationships between land and soil, agriculture and architecture, and how these concepts migrate and apply to seemingly disparate realms of the virtual, spiritual and legal. Indeed, not only does the project’s original name evoke a well-known computer game, the work’s setting is also important: China, where issues of land reform and land ownership are at the core of an ideological struggle for the future.


The 10th Shanghai Biennale - Social Factory | 2014.11.23 - 2015.03.31 | Shanghai Contemporary Art Museum(Shanghai, China)