Bejing-based artist Zhao Bandi photographs himself in various situations with his toy panda. They have conversations, delivered with deadpan humour, on subjects such as war, terrorism, the environment and disease. His practise encompasses photography, video and performance. The panda – a recognizable symbol of China – becomes a spokesperson, allowing the artist to tackle difficult issues and deliver challenging messages with an appealing sense of humour. Features artist interview with Karen Smith and essay by Huang Du. Published on the occasion of the exhibitions, performances and offsite projects Uh-Oh! Pandaman by Zhao Bandi. The artist’s work has been seen in four UK cities concurrently during summer 2004 in collaboration with Manchester Art Gallery (June – 5 September), Aspex Gallery, Portsmouth (July – August), Ikon Gallery, Birmingham (July – 12 September) and Platform for Art at Piccadilly Train Station, London (July – 14 October).
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