Yang Fudong 杨福东

Yang Fudong — “I Paint With a Camera” | TateShots

Yang Fudong
An Estranged Paradise (mo sheng tian tang), 1997-2002
(digital still); 35mm digital film transferred to DVD; black and white, sound; 76 min
courtesy of the artist, Marian Goodman Gallery, Paris/New York, and ShanghART Gallery, Shanghai

Yang Fudong
The Nightman Cometh (yejiang), 2011
(digital still); digital video; color, sound; 19:21min.
courtesy of the artist, Marian Goodman Gallery, Paris/New York, and ShanghART Gallery, Shanghai.

New Women

Yang Fudong (b. Beijing, 1971; lives and works in Shanghai) is one of China’s most renowned film and photography artists. After completing a degree in painting in the early 1990s, he branched out into a new medium, experimenting with film and shooting on 35-mm stock. Yang now works as a director and photographer, often staging his videos in sprawling installations. One of these, New Women (2013), consists of five black-and-white films, each shown on its own screen. In the silent and largely static takes, five naked women prance between ancient columns, lean against dressers and mantelpieces, or loll daintily on ottomans and lavishly appointed beds. The setting is a blend between archaeological excavation site, elegant salon, and ethereal house of pleasure. New Women is a tribute to the early days of the Chinese movie industry. Art, culture, and political freedom went hand in hand with corruption, brutality, and decadence in the films of the 1930s. With their creative energy and sexually charged atmosphere, they contributed to the demise of the culture of imperial China and helped usher in a new era.

—in Amazon

Yang Fudong
New Women, 2013

Yang Fudong
Shenjia alley. Fairy 1. 2000
Colour chromogenic print
Edition of 10 + 2AP


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