Five Nights, Aquarium by Wenxin Zhang

Issue 66

Five Nights, Aquarium is a non-linear narration weaved by photographs and five short written works.

 I try to reconstruct my inner journey from trips I’ve made between my home country China and San Francisco during these two years in a truthful way, but the overloaded feelings of estrangement and desolation created by the journey have transformed my memories into illusions of confinement. Due to this confinement, my journey story became a space-time, which resembles an aquarium. In this aquarium, cityscapes are fish tank decorations, people are fish, and writings are tank labels.

I chose five nights in the whole reconstructed journey story, using five semi-fictional short stories as clue, to portray the imaginary aquarium. The stories are cold yet intimate, sensual yet intangible. The narration of journey moves from real to imagined spaces, exploring the boundaries between autobiography and fiction.

Wenxin Zhang lives and works in San Francisco, CA.
To view more of Wenxin's work, please visit her website.

 The Red One

The Red One

 Woman in the Bath

Woman in the Bath

 As White as Snow

As White as Snow

 Man with Vitiligo

Man with Vitiligo

 Deer Forest

Deer Forest

 The Lying Girl

The Lying Girl

 Corona Heights

Corona Heights

 Foot Kissing

Foot Kissing

 City Suburb in the Dark

City Suburb in the Dark

 Mustard Curtain

Mustard Curtain

 Blue Eyes

Blue Eyes

 Jelly Fish

Jelly Fish

 Rewinding

Rewinding

 Girl in Red and Green

Girl in Red and Green

 Man in a Blue Room

Man in a Blue Room

 Twin Peaks

Twin Peaks

 Island

Island

 In the River

In the River

 Youthfulness

Youthfulness

 The Red Fish

The Red Fish