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Cycle 25 (Gary Zhexi Zhang)

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Gary Zhexi Zhang’s first solo UK exhibition explores operative fictions in finance, sovereignty and cosmic speculation.

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Cycle 25

Gary Zhang

Co-commissioned by Arts Catalyst and Bloc Projects

4 June - 3 July

Open Wednesday - Saturday, 12 - 6


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Gary Zhexi Zhang’s first solo UK exhibition Cycle 25 explores operative fictions in finance, sovereignty and cosmic speculation.

From imaginary nations to the economy of the sun, the artist uses found artefacts, at once real and fictional, to explore the occult foundations of legal and financial systems. The exhibition takes its title from the number of the current solar cycle – patterns of magnetic fluctuation on the surface of the sun – which began in December 2019 and is expected to continue until 2030.

Central within the exhibition space is Poyers! – a multi-media installation comprising a video simulation, a contract and a currency. The work draws on the short history of Poyais, a Caribbean nation on the Mosquito Coast, which was formed amidst the colonial wars of the early 19th century and the collapse of the Spanish empire. A reminting of Poyais’ sovereign currency, Fiat, will be sold during the exhibition period through participation in a contractual performance linking buyers, devised in collaboration with JWSS Law LLP.*

Cycle 25 forms part of an ongoing project, fud, which studies the time of uncertainty and catastrophe in contemporary speculative practices. Through the frameworks of insurance, law and economics, the project explores the negotiation of temporal structures where the past is no longer a reliable guide to the future.

*Half of the sales proceeds from Fiat will be donated to Medical Aid to Palestinians (MAP). For more information, visit


Cycle 25 was co-commissioned by Arts Catalyst and Bloc Projects, and is supported by the Henry Moore Foundation and the Elephant Trust. The video work, Poyers! is co-commissioned by Para Site, Hong Kong.

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Established in 2002, Bloc Projects is a contemporary arts organisation in the centre of Sheffield.

Bloc Projects is a not-for-profit creative organisation with educational and charitable aims.

We support artists at key stages in their careers through an acclaimed contemporary exhibitions programme.

Our free public programme of talks, heritage projects, workshops and events supports the creative professional development of the local community, promoting diverse creative career pathways and providing generous opportunities for participatory learning, meaningful arts engagement and skill development.

As an organisation we continue to work with other local art organisations, universities and charities to ensure our educational activities welcome a diverse and intergenerational demographic.

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