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Genesis belongs to the set of twenty lithographs from "The Storyteller's Enchantments of Zhang Xiaogang ", which comes as a limited edition of 130 rare books. Inspired by family photos from the Cultural Revolution period, as well as the European tradition of surrealism, Zhang Xiaogang’s lithographs engage with the notion of identity within the Chinese culture of collectivism.
"I specifically wanted to draw a baby. It doesn't have anything to do with the landscape. It's like a scene you see in your dream. There's somewhat of a strange feeling." —Zhang Xiaogang
Basing his work around the concept of ‘family’ –immediate, extended, and societal – Xiaogang’s portraits depict an endless genealogy of imagined forebears and progenitors, each unnervingly similar and distinguished by minute difference. His work mainly reflects his childhood and teenage memories. During the time when he grew up, China was a completely different place from today. His paintings strive to capture a person's process of growing up and the experiences they go through, as well as how they are influenced by the time period in which they lived.