After the resounding success of his first solo exhibition at Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art in 2006, the foundation will dedicate a second major solo show to the renowned Chinese artist and film maker Yang Fudong in September 2011. Yang Fudong is regarded as one of the most important artists to emerge in contemporary China and Parasol unit is delighted to exhibit his most recent multichannel film Fifth Night, 2010 (10 minutes 37 seconds video, multichannel, 7 screens, 35mm black and white film transferred to HD, sound).
Fifth Night is a video-installation composed of seven synchronized projections. The shots are supposed to feature the streets of Shanghai’s old town at night. In the middle of the scene with carriages, rickshaws and vintage cars, a stage has been built and a tramway is being frantically repaired. Unrelated characters appear, hesitating men and women attend to their own activities without interaction. The artist uses seven 35 mm cameras which film the same scene from different angles, demonstrating a variation of scale and depths of field. Yang Fudong refers to this new technique as “multiple view film”, which emphasises the character’s subtle expressions and simplest actions. What the viewer could perceive as separate instances, are actually simultaneously tied together into one scene, expanding and multiplying the spectator’s usual vision and perception. As with most of Yang Fudong’s works, here again the artist uses images metaphorically.
In addition to Fifth Night, Yang Fudong will create a new work, which will premiere at Parasol unit.
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