Made in Shenzhen—Play Book
1999, Video, 19’43’’
Indeed, Yang Yong is recounting the stories of his own generation, born in the 1970s and growing up in the process of China’s opening and modernisation. The way of living of these young people is largely shared by the artist himself. Different from the previous generation of artists who lived through the transition from the Cultural Revolution to the opening up of China, and engaged in the collective struggle for freedom of expression, hence direct political confrontation, they are much more interested in seeking open spaces for individual ways of living and self-realisation. Looking for new identities, more diverse and complex, and adapting more to the new cultures influenced by globalisation, they claim new forms of existence. They call themselves “New New Human Beings”.
By Hou Hanru
Memory About 3 P.M. 13/12/1997
1997, Video, 29’34’
Yang Yong took photos randomly of figures in daily life and exposed details directly. Uncountable “senseless images” are taken by his camera “without choice” and are made into a series of pictures just like life itself. There seems to be no beginning and no end, or it seems to start and finish anywhere.
By Li Xianting
Born 1975 in Sichuan; works and lives in Shenzhen
Yang Yong graduated from the Department of Oil Painting, Sichuan Art Institute, China in 1995. He has presented his works in exhibitions all over the world including Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki, Hamburger Bahnhof Art Museum, Berlin; International Center of Photography, New York; Victoria and Albert Museum, London; O.K Center for Contemporary Art, Linz; Kunstmuseum Art Museum Wolfsburg Germany; Museo Tamayo, Mexico; Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin; National Gallery of Prague; San Diego State University Art Gallery; Zacheta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw, LE PARVIS, IBOS/PAU, France; KaoHsiung Museum of Fine Arts, Taiwan; Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam; Kunstforeningen, Copenhagen; China Art Museum, and UCCA, Beijing. He also participated in the 50th Venice Biennial; the 4th Gwangju Biennale; the 34th Rencontres d‘Arles, Argos Art Festival, Brussels; SZ/ HK Biennale of Architecture & Urbanism in 2009; the 2nd and the 4th Guangzhou Triennial. He was nominated for the 34th Rencontres d’Arles Discovery Award and rewarded with the Dutch KLM Paul Huf Award 2008. His works are collected by many museums, art centers and private collectors from the USA, Britain, Germany, France, etc. In addition, he has curated more than 20 exhibitions and art projects of different scales, including the contemporary culture and art salon “Touch Community” in Shenzhen in 2000, the “E6 Space” which was co-founded by his friends and him in 2005, the Shenzhen Pavilion of the 41st World Expo 2010, etc.