Bruno Zhu, Hello, 2016 on Vimeo.
“In one of these afternoons sat by the desk, painfully watching the hours pass between lunch and dinner time, I opened my camera roll to check what I had shot before this lockdown era. I saw many photos of places I had been, the foods I ate, urban details I found funny, many selfies taken to figure out new pimples, but no pictures of my friends! I felt crushed for a minute. Like many things in our fast paced lives before the pandemic, I took their faces for granted knowing they were always a message away.
That’s why I am delighted to share this little recording from 2016 of me singing ‘Hello’ by Adele to my friends. It was part of a one-night fashion presentation I organised at a local brown bar in Amsterdam. In March 2019, we brought this cozy mood to Kunstfort in ‘Perspectives’, a one-day multidisciplinary festival celebrating arts, crafts and the beauty of being together.”
– Bruno Zhu, Kunstenaar / Artist (Kunstfort in 2019)
Bruno Zhu (b.1991, PT) lives and works in Amsterdam. Recent exhibitions include Shhhhhhh at UKS, Oslo (2020); Chic at Fragile, Berlin (2020); Guts at Kimberly-Klark, Queens, NY (2019). Zhu is a member of A Maior, a curatorial program set in a home furnishings and clothing store in Viseu, Portugal. A Maior has recently appeared in Image Power at Frans Hals Museum, Haarlem (2020); Wearables at Etages Project, Copenhagen (2020).
HD Video 1:33 min. Café de Laurierboom, Amsterdam, 21 September, 2016. Courtesy the artist.