Peng Zuqiang

Artist Publication

Two copies of 'Hindsights' a publication by Peng Zuqiang, 2022
Peng Zuqiang
notes, quotes, stills and outtakes collected by Peng Zuqiang.
Editor Lai Fei.
Designed by Studio Pianpian, He & Max Harvey.
126 pages, 18 full colour plates, dimensions: 135mm x 210 mm.
Layflat soft cover; black on pale brown uncoated 240 gsm paperperfect bound with jacket fold insert.
Black printed interior on uncoated, off white, and coated white perfect bound, 70 gsm pages. [ISBN: 978-1-9162154-2-9]
Publisher Cell Project Space
Edition 300
Hindsights is the debut publication of Chinese artist, Peng Zuqiang, launched during the occasion of his first UK solo exhibition, Sideways Looking, presented at Cell Project Space, 13 April – 19 June 2022.
Hindsights features contributions by Ren Yue, Shaonan Xi, and Alvin Li invited by the artist Peng Zuqiang and continues Cell’s ongoing publishing activity supporting artistic experimentation that highlights material, formal and affective potential of the artist book format.
Ren Yue offers an ‘outtake’ in short story form, tangling together characters and situations depicted in Peng’s 5-channel moving image ‘keep in touch’. Things left unsaid in the viscous summer heat hang over them as table tennis matches, frustrating parties, nails cut and lab experiments recount the knotty relationships at hand. In addition, Ren Yue contributes two Chinese language poems that speak to ‘Sight Leak’ and ‘The Cyan Garden’, works presented in Sideways Looking alongside ‘keep in touch’.
Shaonan Xi reflects on the 30-year history of Lai Lai, a dance floor which served working-class gay and trans people in Shanghai from 1990 until 2019. A screening of the documentary Come Dance With Me (dir: Liu Yunyi, 2019), organised by Peng Zuqiang in Shanghai for a small audience, restates the importance of unstable constellations of relationships, that made Lai Lai what it was. Drawing upon a non-Western drag and camp sensibility, an embodied lexicon of queer identifications and disidentifications that Lai Lai routinely hosted, Xi points to Lai Lai’s significance as a site for radical acts of care such as receiving HIV medication through contraction (when a person willingly contracts HIV to be able to give medication to a patient who is legally prohibited from obtaining it) in the face of structural obstacles in healthcare provision.
Alvin Li's 'From San Agustín Etla to Zipolite' is an auto-fictional account of the trials and tribulations of being in love and a retelling of a specific long-distance relationship with a person named Nick. Conflicts around real or assumed cultural ignorance, differences in sexual and pop music preferences (‘you were so punk rock, I grew up on hip hop’) become the backdrop to humorous self-reflection on love, longing, misperception, becoming someone else and mourning what was or could have been. 
Read about the artist's exhibition Sideways Looking HERE publication launch event HERE
Peng Zuqiang makes moving images. His recent exhibitions and screenings include Times Art Center Berlin, Antenna-tenna, Antimatter, IDFA, UCCA Beijing, Open City Documentary Festival, and Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. He has received fellowships and residencies from the MacDowell, Skowhegan, OrganHaus and the Core Program. Peng is the recipient of the 'Jury Special Prize' from the 8th Huayu Youth Awards and a 'Special Mention' from Festival Film Dokumenter, Yogyakarta for his first feature film, Nan (2020). 
Alvin Li is a curator and writer based in Shanghai. He currently serves as Adjunct Curator, Greater China, supported by the Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation, at Tate. 
Shaonan Xi is a writer based in Shanghai who writes about art, nightlife and queer culture. 
Ren Yue (ghost cascade) writes, edits and translates in Shanghai. She observes and talks about the happenings at the intersection of art and societal settings.
Made possible with generous support from Antenna Space and Arts Council England.