YANG FUDONG: One half of August
13 September-6 November 2011
Preview 12 September, 6:30–9 pm
foundation for contemporary art
14 Wharf Road
London N1 7RW
T 44 (0)20 7490 7373
Born in 1971 in Beijing, Yang Fudong lives and works in Shanghai.
In this exhibition he presents three works: Fifth Night, 2010; One half of August, 2011; and Yejiang (The night man cometh), 2011.
Shown here for the first time in the UK, Fifth Night is a video-installation composed of seven synchronized projections. Filmed supposedly in the night-time streets of Shanghai’s old town, it portrays a sequence of arcane activity. People move around silently and aimlessly with no apparent interaction between them, while others pass through the scene riding in carriages, rickshaws or vintage cars. A stage has been constructed and, finally, a tramway is being frantically repaired. Everything remains enigmatically inconclusive and open to interpretation.