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Yang Zhenzhong

Chinese, b. 1968

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Yang Zhenzhong

Chinese, b. 1968

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Yang Zhenzhong believes “life itself is in a state of constant repetition” and, accordingly, repetition is a defining theme of his practice. For I Will Die (2007), Yang enlisted ordinary people to pronounce the titular phrase on camera in different languages, playing the loops in simultaneous video projections. The work exemplifies the air of bold straightforwardness for which Yang is known across his work in photography, video, performance, sculpture, and installation. Whether stripping massage chairs of their upholstery, appropriating works by other famous artists, planting a fake bus stop in a historic town, or installing synchronized videos of a woman huffing and puffing to blow away a Shanghai street, Yang relies on everyday objects and familiar scenes to express profound ideas. “I feel that if you deal with individual experience on a certain level it becomes universal experience,” he explains.

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Represented by internationally reputable galleries.
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Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 3 more
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Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
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Reviewed by a major art publication
frieze, and 2 more
Biography

Yang Zhenzhong believes “life itself is in a state of constant repetition” and, accordingly, repetition is a defining theme of his practice. For I Will Die (2007), Yang enlisted ordinary people to pronounce the titular phrase on camera in different languages, playing the loops in simultaneous video projections. The work exemplifies the air of bold straightforwardness for which Yang is known across his work in photography, video, performance, sculpture, and installation. Whether stripping massage chairs of their upholstery, appropriating works by other famous artists, planting a fake bus stop in a historic town, or installing synchronized videos of a woman huffing and puffing to blow away a Shanghai street, Yang relies on everyday objects and familiar scenes to express profound ideas. “I feel that if you deal with individual experience on a certain level it becomes universal experience,” he explains.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Blue chip status
Blue chip representation
Represented by internationally reputable galleries.
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 3 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
frieze, and 2 more