The work of Yang Fudong represents a breakthrough in contemporary visual production in China. His first film, An Estranged Paradise, which premiered at Documenta in Kassel in 2002 showcased a new narrative and visual sensibility steeped in a contemporary aesthetic informed by multiple registers of heritage; his monumental cycle Seven Intellectuals in Bamboo Forest was completed over the ensuing five years and poetically rendered the anomie of his generation as it came of age in the early years of the new millennium. Further projects have expanded his cinematic thinking into the realms of the spatial and the multi-temporal, as his films have grown into installations that sometimes encompass traces of their own making.
For his most comprehensive institutional exhibition to date and his first in Beijing, Yang Fudong will present the first installment of his “Library Film Project,” begun in the immediate aftermath of Seven Intellectuals as an ongoing quest to create a movie that can contain a complex reality, at once real and constructed. Inspired by his childhood in the rural eastern outskirts of Beijing, this chapter will weave together elements of past and present, public and personal. The exhibition is curated by UCCA Director Philip Tinari and UCCA Curator Yan Fang.