For their newest exhibition opening this Wednesday, the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA) brings the works that commemorates the mid-career of a contemporary artist.
The exhibition Yang Fudong: Estranged Paradise, Works 1993-2003, features twenty years of works from the artists, considered to be a leading force in China’s contemporary art world and independent cinema movement. These works will include photographs, flims, and multichannel videos. Each of these feature works reflect the ideals and anxieties of a generation born during and after the Cultural Revolution, and the struggles in finding a place in the rapidly changing society of the New China.
As the works draws from the subject matters of contemporary urban China, it also recalls the literati paintings of the seventeenth century. Fudong gives a reflection of the process of filmmaking, coinciding with spatially open-ended multichannel films, which likens to traditional Chinese hand scrolls. Each of them also has a dreamlike quality, which is marked by long and suspended sequences, divided narratives, and multiple relationships and storylines.
Fudong’s photographic works and videos will be installed in BAMPFA’s galleries, and will be on view until December 8th. In addition to this exhibition, there will also be a film series curated by Fudong himself. Like the works presented in the galleries, they will also showcase what influenced the artist. In this case, it would be the black-and-white exquisiteness of Shanghai’s Golden Age of Cinema, and the realism and historical investigations of Fifth Generation classics. Titles of these films include An Estranged Paradise, Street Angel, and Suzhou River. The films will be screened at BAMPFA’s PFA Theatre from August 22nd to October 6th. Log on to bampfa.berkeley.edu for more information.