Yang Fudong, ‘Who's’, 2011, Qiao Space

Yang Fudong is an artist who lives and works in Shanghai. He was born in Beijing, 1971 and graduated from the China Academy of Art, Hangzhou, 1995. Yang is one of China's best known contemporary artists, having gained a major international reputation for his films and video installations, which have been shown regularly as part of major international survey exhibitions and one-person gallery shows across the globe. Yang Fudong has had more than 60 solo shows at most acclaimed institutions and galleries during the past years besides other 300 group exhibitions in the world. Yang Fudong's artworks articulate multiple perspectives; his works investigate the structure and formation of identity through myth, personal memory and lived experience. Each of his works is a dramatic existential experience and a challenge to take on.

Yang Fudong’s recent solo-shows including: Twin Tracks, Yuz Museum, Shanghai(2015); Incidental Scripts, CCA Singapore, Singapore(2014); Filmscapes, ACMI, Melbourne, Australia(2014); Estranged Paradise, Works 1993-2013, Kunsthalle Zurich, Switzerland and Berkeley Art Museum, San Francisco, USA (2013); Quote Out of Context, OCAT, Shanghai (2012) etc.

Image rights: Courtesy of Yang Fudong and ShanghART Gallery.


Venue: Qiao Space, Shanghai (2016)

Artist Statement: In 2011 I shot a video installation in my studio titled "One Half of August". I used various pieces of furniture and plaster models as the main features of the artwork. After shooting, they were quietly put to one side in some corner or other. It was at this time that I was able to capture them in photographs as "objects", rather than as part of the installation.

About Yang Fudong

Yang Fudong is a pioneering Chinese filmmaker best known for his “Seven Intellectuals in a Bamboo Forest” (2003-7), a series of silent, multi-part, black-and-white films that follow a cast of attractive Chinese youths through several surrealistic scenes. Drawing influence from his training as a painter and photographer, as well as the work of Jim Jarmusch, Yang’s films are sequences of slow-moving, tableau-like dreamscapes, more evocative of moods and impressions than any clear narrative. As he says: “There is no result, no answer.”

Chinese, b. 1971, Beijing, China, based in Shanghai, China