Natural Tasting (2015-16) is a looping video installation.
The concept of the body is key in guiding the process of metamorphosis in the linear narrative, from fish to broccoli, from human flesh to roasted chicken and, finally, to piglets. In this fictive biological evolution, the human being is merely part of a larger system of relations, consuming as well as being consumed, abstracting yet already being abstracted.
Occupying multiple flat screens of various dimensions on the wall, the visually dynamic video installation creates an absurd fantastical world surrounding the viewers. As the moving images travel from one screen to the next and compete for the viewer’s attention, they aim to create an overwhelming feeling of mediation, in which images multiply and nest within or on top of one another.
There is an element of violence present, suggesting that notions of familial attachment and utopian longings are ultimately fictions produced through a variety of ongoing contradictions, aka capitalism.
Making reference to contemporary American sensibility—the trending pursuit of an organic lifestyle—Natural Tasting employs visual effects of propaganda while establishing a fictional narrative pointing at issues generated by the deceptive marketing strategies and systems under conditions of permanent crisis.
Ingrid Zhuang (b.1989) is a performance and video artist living and working in New York. Born and raised in Beijing, Zhuang moved to the U.S. in 2004. She received her MFA of Fine Arts in 2016 from The New School, a Bachelor of Art degree in Art History and a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from Duke University in 2013. Her work has been exhibited at Lesley Heller Workspace; Participant Inc. and XY Atelier Art Gallery in New York; Industry City in Brooklyn; Ne'na Contemporary Art Space in Chiang Mai, Thailand; Riverworks Gallery in Greenville, SC, among others.