Exhibition of the Chinese film-based artist Yang Fudong (杨福东)
Exhibition of the Chinese film-based artist Yang Fudong (杨福东), one of the preeminent Chinese artists of the generation that rose to international prominence since the 1990s. Developed in conjunction with UChicago Arts’ Envisioning China: A Festival of Arts and Culture (“演视中国” 文化艺术节), the exhibition is named after the poignant, multi-channel meditation on the artist’s place of birth, East of Que Village (雀村往东) (2007), and is the first exhibition of Fudong’s work in Chicago in a decade.
Presented on six screens distributed throughout the Logan Center main gallery space, East of Que Village is an objective if fractured depiction of an isolated village in rural Hebei, populated mostly by wild dogs—a contrast to the images of beautiful and urbane Chinese youth that have come to define Fudong’s films. While these characters still appear in the exhibition, in rarely-seen single-channel works, the overall presentation foregrounds the range and complexity of the artist’s vision of contemporary Chinese culture.