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b. 1971, works and lives in Shanghai
Single-channel video
35 mm b&w film transferred to DVD, sound by Jin Wang
29 minutes 32 seconds

Seven Intellectuals in Bamboo Forest (2003-ongoing), a series intended to expand to ?ve sequels in total, is Yang Fudong’s attempt to develop a grand worldview in the form of an epic tale of a group of individuals defying the times in which they live. The title is borrowed from a popular legend of seven intellectuals who sought refuge from the chaos of the Warring States Period in a bamboo forest, where they indulged in serious talk unsullied by worldly matters. It is used as a metaphor for the resistance of the young Chinese who feel unable to keep up with the pace of change in China and, as a result, experience a kind of identity crisis. Showing no regard for normal social behavior, these intellectuals drank to excess, romped around naked, and composed re?ned verses that expressed their feelings of resentment towards the age in which they lived. The ?ve-part series focuses on seven young men and women in different settings, beginning with a mysterious mountain popular among Taoists, then proceeding to an urban setting, a rural setting with ?elds and paddies, and an island, before moving back to the city.

Related Exhibitions:
52nd International Art Exhibition Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy 06.10, 2007 -11.21, 2007

Related Texts:
Notes of "'Seven Intellectuals in Bamboo Forest', Parts 1-5" by Yang Fudong , Marian Goodman Gallery TEXT 2008
Yang Fudong: Seven Intellectuals in Bamboo Forest Part 1-5 TEXT 2008

Related Works:
Seven Intellectuals in Bamboo Forest, Part III (zhu lin qi xian)
Seven Intellectuals in Bamboo Forest, Part IV (zhu lin qi xian)
Seven Intellectuals in Bamboo Forest, Part V (zhu lin qi xian)
Seven Intellectuals in Bamboo Forest, Part II (zhu lin qi xian)


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