Yang Fudong, a leading international figure of contemporary art and one of the most important artists to emerge out of China in the 1990s, is set to stage his first major solo exhibition in Southeast Asia at the NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore
. The exhibition presents four of Yangs works, each emblematic of his multi-faceted approach towards the creation of visual imageries that complicates our understanding of reality/fiction, and our experience of space/time.
As an auteur, Yang does not rely on scripts to drive the narrative. He favours the creation of images that allude to the fragmentary nature of one's experiences and communicates a temperament or state of being. His stylistic inclination for moody, black-and-white 35mm cinematography is evident in his first film work, An Estranged Paradise (1997-2002). The film conveys the conundrum faced by a new generation during the raise of Chinas bamboo curtain. Presented in Documenta11 in 2002, it received international acclaim and was considered a milestone in Yangs artistic career.
Incidental Scripts marks the conclusion of Yangs new work, About an Unknown Girl Ma Sise (2013-2014) featuring a young Chinese actress Ma Sise who frequently appears in his works and includes a fashion spread produced for Chinas leading media, Modern Weekly. Conceived as a durational project, Yang inquires into the life and mind of an actress. His oeuvre often examines the real and the imaginary, and with this project, he delves into Ma Sises roles both on screen and in real life.
The seven-screen installation of The Fifth Night (II) Rehearsal (2010) demonstrates the artists experimentation with film-making at a new level. Featuring the film-making process in its entirety, the work establishes multiple perspectives and challenges the viewers perception of cinematic time and space, allowing free association unique to each viewing experience. It is striking for its spontaneity, unpredictable and unpremeditated view of what happens on a set.
Yangs interest in unmitigated experiences is demonstrated in On the Double Dragon Hills (2012), a two-screen video that records the lives of workers in Jiaxiang in Shandong Province, a city well known for its resource of blue stone. The unobtrusive recording provides a bare view into the life of the locals whose livelihood centres on the stone-carving trade.
Concurrent to Yang Fudongs exhibition at NTU CCA Singapore, his works are also on view at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) in Melbourne, Australia. Yangs cinematic work also extends beyond the art world, including an art project done in collaboration with fashion house Prada titled First Spring (2010).
Yang Fudong (b. 1971, Beijing, China) graduated from the China Academy of Art, Hangzhou, China in 1995. He gained international attention when his work Tonight Moon (2000) was shown at the 7th International Istanbul Biennial (Turkey) in 2001, and subsequently achieved acclaim with his participation in Documenta 11 in 2002 featuring An Estranged Paradise. He currently lives and works in Shanghai.
Yang has had more than sixty solo exhibitions at acclaimed institutions such as Kunsthalle Zurich, Switzerland; Parasol Unit Foundation for Contemporary Art, London, UK; Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, Sydney, Australia; Kunsthaus Baselland, Basel, Switzerland; Zendai Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai; Hara Museum, Tokyo, Japan; Asia Society and Museum, New York, U.S.A; Castello di Rivoli Museo d'arte contemporanea, Torino, Italy; and Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands. In addition, his works have been shown in numerous major international exhibitions including La Biennale de Lyon 2013, France; Sharjah Biennial 11, UAE (2013); The First Kyiv International Biennial of Contemporary, Ukraine (2012); Moving Image In China: 1988-2011, Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai, China (2011); 17th Biennale of Sydney, Sydney Museum of Contemporary Art, Australia (2010); Aichi Triennial 2010, Arts and Cities, Japan (2010); Shanghai Biennale, Shanghai, China (2004 and 2010); the 52nd Biennale, Italy (2003 and 2007); the 5th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, Queensland Art Gallery, Australia (2006); the 1st Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, Russia (2005); Documenta 11, Kassel, Germany (2002); 7th International Istanbul Biennial, Turkey (2001).
Incidental Scripts is curated by Professor Ute Meta Bauer, NTU CCA Singapore Founding Director, and Khim Ong, an independent curator based in Singapore.