Yang Yong, ‘International Passage 2014-8’, 2014, Tang Contemporary Art

About Yang Yong

Based in the rapidly growing southern city of Shenzhen, Yang Yong creates works that deal with provocative themes not addressed by the art establishment of Northern China. The artist started as an oil painter, creating emotionless depictions of airplane crashes and derailed trains. Recent projects have used photography to explore the ennui of day-to-day existence in the new Chinese economy, through cinematic photographs of country girls trying to make it in the city. His frank portraits of prostitutes, shown without judgment, call to mind the documentary work of Nan Goldin, while at the same time referencing the Cindy Sherman’s archetypes and the theatrically staged snapshots of Philip-Lorca diCorcia.

Chinese, b. 1975, Sichuan Province, China, based in Shenzhen, China