1971, works and lives in Shanghai
YANG Fudong's films and photographs 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. His work is open-ended and inconclusive, and therefore open to individual interpretation. Each film and video is about human conditions and he mostly portrays individuals of his own generation, young people in their late 20's and early 30's, who seem confused and appear to hover between the past and the present. YANG Fudong's work epitomizes how the recent and rapid modernization of China has overthrown traditional values and culture. He skillfully balances this dichotomy to create works endowed with classic beauty and timelessness. YANG Fudong seeks to offer through multiple vignettes the poetics of places and people as an alternative to the prominent politics of power. Whatever occurs, the film and photography works by this artist indicate that something remains untouched and unmoved, and perhaps all the more valuable for that reason.
The best known works by YANG Fudong include: The Nightman Cometh (2011); One Half of August (2011); The Fifth Night (2010); Seven Intellectuals in Bamboo Forest (2003-2007); East of Que Village (2007); No Snow on the Broken Bridge (2006); The Half Hitching Post (2005); The Revival of the Snake (2005); Close to the Sea (2003); An Estranged Paradise (2002); Flutter, Flutter - Jasmine, Jasmine (2002).
YANG Fudong was born in 1971 in Beijing. He graduated from the China Academy of Fine Arts, Oil Painting Department in Hangzhou. Starting in the late 1990's, YANG Fudong embarked on a career in the mediums of film and video. He is among the most successful and influential young Chinese artists today.
YANG Fudong participated in the 17th Biennale of Sydney, Sydney Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Australia(2010), Aichi Triennale 2010, Arts and Cities, Japen(2010), The 5th AsiaPacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, Queensland Art Gallery, Sydney, Australia(2006); The 52nd Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy (2007); The 1st Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, Moskva, Russia(2005); The 1st Prague Biennale, Prague, Czech(2003), The 50th International Art Exhibition Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy (2003); The 5th Shanghai Biennale (2004). He has had solo-shows at most acclaimed institutions and galleries such as The Fifth Night, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, Canada(2012); One half of August, Parasol Unit Foundation for Contemporary Art, London, U.K.(2011); The General's Smile, Hara Museum, Tokyo, Japan(2009); Seven Intellectuals in a Bamboo Forest, Asia Society and Museum, New York, U.S.A.(2009); East of Que Village, Marian Goodman Gallery, New York, U.S.A. (2009); China in Transition, GL STRAND, Copenhagen, Denmark(2008); No Snow on the Broken Bridge, Parasol Unit, London, U.K.(2006), Don't worry, it will be better..., Kunsthalle Wien, Austria(2005); Yang Fudong Recent Films and Videos, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands(2005); Seven Intellectuals in Bamboo Forest, Trans>Area, New York, U.S.A. (2004) etc.
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