Longmen Art Projects is thrilled to announce YE FUNA: SELFICTION, a solo presentation by Chinese new media artist, Ye Funa (b. 1986). The show features works from her Ping Pong Stream and Flying Dance series: two documentary-style narratives retold through Ye’s photographs, installations, archives, and two short films – in which Ye directs and performs. Politically charged and subtly engaged in pastiche as a satirizing style of propaganda, Ye Funa’s works are rich in reference, parody and irony of cultural uniformity.
Born in Kunming in 1986, Ye earned her BA in Experimental Art at the Central Academy of Fine Arts in 2008 and earned her masters degree in Fine Art at Central Saint Martins College of Art in London. Ye is now based in Beijing. Ye Funa's practice is mainly concerned with the relationship between the realities of everyday life, the perceived connection between authority and many areas of social life such as different power structures, ethnic groups, and the fictional space of propaganda for the concept of "perfection" in an ideological system and utopian landscape.
Produced in Berlin, Flying Dance is the first iteration of the SELFICTION series. This project includes photographs and an installation with a 30-minute film. The artist portrays various roles that are based on, and appropriated from Chinese television shows. Ye combines a reproduced episode of a true crime documentary with a chapter from an online novel, The First Intimate Contact (1998), which was later adopted for film and television, along with scenes from The Sims video game. Flying Dance questions identity and gender issues, as well as the early days of the Internet and online dating.
Ping Pong Stream is inspired by Table Tennis, the once popular game played among the wealthy English and introduced to China, where it became Ping Pong and has been celebrated as the Chinese national sport for decades. As early as the 1950s, a large number of Chinese players have taken part in the international competitions of table tennis, giving China a sense of pride and dignity long before the country’s recent developments. No one expected that a simple game as table tennis could play a role in the fate of a nation and break the ice in Sino-American relations during the Cold War. Through the performance, Ping Pong Stream looks at issues such as national pride, politics, and individual values in relation to Ping Pong.