Yang Fudong 杨福东

Born 1971, China

Yang Fudong trained as a painter in China’s Academy of Fine Arts 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’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, therefore open to individual interpretation. Each film and video is about the human condition. He mostly portrays his own generation of individuals in their late 20’s and early 30’s, young people who seem confused and appear to hover between the past and 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 through multiple vignettes to offer the poetics of place and people as an alternative to the prominent politics of power. Whatever occurs, Yang Fudong’s film work and photography indicate that something remains untouched and unmoved, and perhaps all the more valuable for that reason.

Yang Fudong has exhibited worldwide including in the 40th Basel International Art Fair(2009), Switzerland Bern Museum of Art(2009),52nd Venice Biennale (2007), First Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art (2005),1st International Sharjah Biennale (2005),1st Prague Biennale (2003) and 5th Shanghai Biennale (2004), The 5th AsiaPacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (2006). He has had solo-shows at most acclaimed institutions and Galleries such as Marian Goodman Gallery (New York,2009), Parasol Unit (London,2006)  Kunsthalle Wien (2005), Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam, 2005), Castello di Rivoli (Torino, 2005), The Moore Space (Miami, 2003), and ARC/Musee d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris (2003).

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