Dilemma: Mou Zhu

Levitt Foyer Gallery, Gershman Hall

Mou Zhu MFA '13 (Book Arts/Printmaking) was born in Chengdu, Sichuan, China, in 1987 and has wanted to be an artist since the age of 10. After graduating from the Sichuan Fine Arts Institute, he decided to go abroad and continue his art career without limitations, choosing the United States because of his belief that it is one of the freest countries in the world.

Feeling free and happy at UArts, Zhu has created some works that compare Chinese culture and American culture, censorship, censored words, and educational issues in China. This experience has lead him to make this new body of work.

For most international students or workers, going back to their respective countries or not is a real dilemma. Zhu's grandfather recently wrote him a letter about a lost turtle that had returned to his house as reminder for Zhu to return to China after his studies. Although he misses his family and his friends, most of his works will be censored in China if he returns.

"Dilemma" will present a large detailed drawing about censorship in China together with the letter from his grandfather.

Gershman Hall
401 South Broad Street, 3rd floor
Philadelphia, PA 19102
United States

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