TRANS>area is pleased to present the first solo exhibition of Yang Fudong (Shanghai) in New York City, curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist, and organized by The Moore Space, Miami. Parallel to this exhibition, MoMA Film at the Gramercy Theatre is presenting MediaScope: An Evening with Yang Fudong, January 26th, 8:15pm, organized by Barbara London and China Now, Febuary 12-16th, during which four of Yang Fudong's films will be screened.
With both a poetic and disturbing rhythm, Fudong's narratives examine the radical changes and ruptures in contemporary Chinese society. Seven Intellectuals in Bamboo Forest (Part 1), 2003 is a 29-minute, 35mm black and white film based on the history of seven talented intellectuals in the ancient Chinese Wei and Jin Dynasties. Ruan Ji, Ji Kang, Shan Tao, Liu Ling, Ruan Yan, Xiang Xiu and Wang Rong were famous poets and artists at that time. Open and unruly, they used to gather and drink in the bamboo forest, singing songs and playing traditional Chinese musical instruments, in hopes to escape from the earthly life. They pursued individuality, freedom and liberty. Their remarkable talent and passion made them a notable group in Chinese history.
While his work has been included in the 50th Venice Biennale, Documenta 11, and the 4th Shanghai Biennale, this is the artist's first solo exhibition in New York City. Yang Fudong: Seven Intellectuals in Bamboo Forest, originally at The Moore Space, and Selected Works on Video has been generously sponsored by Rosa & Carlos de la Cruz, Ivelin & Craig Robins, and Eugenio Lopez/La Coleccion Jumex. The presentation at TRANS>area has received support from Cristina Delgado & Stephen Olsen, Steven Johnson & Walter Sudol, Avantgarde Multimedia and The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc.
about Yang Fudong
b. 1971, Beijing. Lives and works in Shanghai, China.
"Art is definitely not my profession, but it has become an integral part of my life. It's like going to sleep every night and dreaming. It's something that is always going to happen, something that ends and then begins again. It's like when you wake up in the morning knowing that you had a dream last night, but you cannot recall what it was that you dreamed. Still, a feeling lingers in the back of your mind that you had a strange or even frightening dream last night. You know if you try to tell the dream to someone else, they just won't be able to relate. So you can only keep it inside you. You live in a big city, hiding in your little corner, and it's doubtful that even a few people know of your existence. Yet you are a part of the city. It's you and a lot of other such people that make up this city. The feeling of the city depends on all of these people living in their own dreams. My relationship with society to a large degree is a kind of metabolic relationship. Society needs ever-changing relationships, just like those that are occurring today. I too am ever-changing. I was unable to choose which generation I was born into, yet I have to learn to adapt to the times." Yang Fudong
about Hans Ulrich Obrist
Hans Ulrich Obrist was born in May 1968 in Zurich, Switzerland, and currently lives and works in Paris. In 1993, he founded the migratory Museum Robert Walser and began to run the Migrateurs programme at the Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris where he now serves as Curator for Contemporary Art. He is Editor-in-Chief of the hybrid artist pages Point d'Ironie, published by agnès b and begun in collaboration with her in 1997. He has been a frequent curator for the museum in progress, Vienna and lecturer at Facolta delle Arti, IUAV in Venice.
TRANS>area is a nonprofit arts and cultural space in Chelsea, New York. TRANS>area offers artists their first solo exhibition in New York City and often the United States. The program at TRANS>area is sponsored in part by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc.
about The Moore Space
The Moore Space is a nonprofit arts space located in the heart of Miami's Design District at 4040 NE 2nd Avenue, 2nd floor, Miami FL 33137. Its tradition of inviting guest curators is an integral part of its mission to promote new expression, new art forms and new thought in contemporary visual culture in Miami. In the past, The Moore Space has presented exhibitions curated by Dominic Molon and Patrick Charpenel, lectures by Peter Doroshenko, Daniela Rossell, Jeffrey Deitch, and Dara Friedman, performances by Patty Chang and Joan Jonas.
The Moore Space and it's programs are generously sponsored by Rosa and Carlos de la Cruz; Ivelin and Craig Robins; Eugenio Lopez/La Coleccion Jumex; and Miami -Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council; the Miami-Dade Mayor and Board of County Commissioners. For more information, please contact 305-438-1163 or www.themoorespace.org.