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b. 1968, works and lives in Shanghai
single-channel video
23 minutes 37 seconds
Edition of 10

In Exam YANG Zhenzhong illustrates a complicated dynamic between two unexpected topics. The subjects of the video are two young women wearing nothing but suggestive silk undergarments. The way in which they interact is intimate and nearing erotic. They share laughs and seem to play around in a childish nature, and do so on a bed. The camera assures the audience of the erotic nature as it films the bare legs, full lips, and other such highly feminine parts of the women. Still, among this pleasant and questionable scene, YANG places a strikingly surprising topic: politics. The two women play as they read aloud from a standardized political textbook. The highly serious and standard narration seems to clash with the playful interaction. One is left amused by the coupling of such topics, yet wondering why. It is possible that YANG has created a politically powerful video, in which he illustrates the relationship between modern Chinese politics and the youth of a nation. It is also possible that one may appreciate the video in its simplicity, and find complacent amusement in YANG’s ability to once again alter our perception of a common theme by degrading a heavily serious topic with a jovial scene.

Richelle Simon in July 2013

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Related Exhibitions:
Free Prism - Video Wave, Boxes Art Museum, Foshan 09.25, 2019 -11.17, 2019
Talk Talk, Surplus Space, Wuhan 12.25, 2016 -01.24, 2017
The Crocodile in the Pond, Museum Art St. Urban and Abbey St. Urban, Luzern, Switzerland 06.12, 2016 -06.26, 2016
Summer Cinema, ShanghART Main Space, Shanghai 07.25, 2015 -08.18, 2015
Performance and Imaginations: Photography from China 1911-2014, Museum Stavanger, Stavanger, Norway 09.19, 2014 -01.25, 2015
YANG Zhenzhong Video Works at AVIFF Art Film Festival Cannes, Cannes, France 05.15, 2014 -05.21, 2014
Pandamonium: Media Art from Shanghai, Kunstquartier Bethanien, Mariannenlatz 2, Berlin, Germany 03.12, 2014 -06.29, 2014
Eternal Return | Вечное возвращение |, Moscow Manege Museum and Exhibition Association, Moscow, Russia 01.24, 2014 -03.12, 2014
The Overlapping Reflection Zhujiajiao Contemporary Art Exhibition, Zhujiajiao, Shanghai 10.26, 2013 -10.31, 2013
Clutch, ShanghART H-Space, Shanghai 09.06, 2013 -11.24, 2013
Trespassing, OCT Contemporary Art Terminal, Shanghai 08.16, 2013 -12.01, 2013
The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie, Taipei 11.09, 2012 -11.30, 2012
Passage, SHANGHAI TOP, Shanghai 09.04, 2012 -10.20, 2012

Related Texts:
Medium, Installation and Bio-Politics in Contemporary Capital Space TEXT 2019
Elephant Magazine Showcase TEXT 2014-01-06
YANG Zhenzhong Solo Exhibition: Trespassing PDF 2013-09-18


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