Look closely at Zhang Wei’s portrait
of Michael Jackson and you’ll see something isn’t quite right. The eyes are
wrong, the lips are a bit thin, the hair too straight. But it isn’t the King of
Pop you’re seeing. It’s a clever composite of photos of his Chinese fans.
The image is among the 72 portraits in
Theater, Wei’s sharp commentary on the influence of Western pop
culture on China. Wei assembles each collage using the facial
features of 20 to 30 ordinary Chinese citizens.
who lives in Beijing, has pondered China’s changing cultural identity
for awhile. Today you can hear Taylor Swift and Katy Perry songs blaring
out of every Starbucks, and see American films in every theater.