Yang Fudong, born in 1971, first started training to be a painter in the China Academy of Fine Arts in Hangzhou. In the early 1990s, he began to work with film, creating 35mm films and videos. Everyday life and thoughts serve as his main inspiration. There are different themes surrounding Yang’s images and narratives, but they all have a purpose, theological or literal, and are deeply anchored within the Chinese tradition.
Fairy Tales was a video art festival at the Plaza of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei, Taiwan.
Lida Abdul, Afghanistan
Said Atabekov, Kazakhstan
Mohamed Bourouissa, Algeria
Chen Chieh-Jen, Taiwan
Cao Fei, China
Yang Fudong, China
Cyprien Gaillard, France
Dejan Kaludjerović, Yugoslavia
Mari Kim, South Korea
Kamin Lertchaiprasert, Thailand
Taus Makhacheva, Russia
Almagul Menlibayeva, Kazakhstan
Mariko Mori, Japan
Ahmet Ögüt, Turkey
Adrian Paci, Italy
Public Delivery, South Korea
Wang Qingsong, China
Walid Raad, Lebanon
Cheng Ran, China & Item Idem, France
Taps & Moses, Germany
Guido van der Werve, Netherlands
Erwin Wurm, Austria
Miao Xiaochun, China
Exhibited: Siemens “S10”, 2003
In S10, created in collaboration with Siemens Business Communication Systems Ltd. in Shanghai, sees twenty of the company’s employees mobilized as actors. Developed to mix different types of performance and arts, including video, photography, fashion, design and performance, the actors wear identical clothes and face cameras and lights in curious poses. Through zippers and their costumes, all the characters are connected, and the entire cast is shaped into a social sculpture. Yang reflects here on his own generation, as part of an emerging Chinese middle class, here shown through a global corporate culture.
- Dreamlike video work situated in 1930s Shanghai is both frighteningly beautiful and elegant (video)
Yang Fudong – Fifth Night Part 1, 2010, 7 channel video installation, 35 mm film B & W, stereo sound, 35mm
China’s most well-known cinematographer and photographer, Yang Fudong, was born in Beijing, China, in 1971. He is also regarded by many as one of the greatest film writers to come out of China, however his creativity spans far beyond that. Yang began training in painting at the China Academy of Fine Arts in Hangzhou, and started working with film in the early 1990s. He now uses images to depict thought and experience, and he seeks to portray that anything is possible, including dreams and fantasies.