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The Greys and the Blues belongs to the set of twenty lithographs from "The Storyteller's Enchantments of Zhang Xiaogang", which comes as a limited edition of 132 rare books. The lithographs from the set were inspired by the old family photos and represent Xiaogang's Family and Bloodlines series, where the artist explores the concept of family and collectivism in Chinese society.
"We are mutually restricted and independent." —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 unnerving similar and distinguished by minute difference. With their visages masked in soft shadows and rendered slightly out of focus, Xiaogang heightens the sense of inconsequential identity; only the eyes are fully illuminated, hollow and clone-like, perfect identikit transplants hallmarking the succession of ductility over will.