A dive inside the desires of today’s China youth. Yang Yong’s photographs reflect the wanderings of a new generation, lost in a society that escapes them.
Halfway between Nan Goldin and Wong Kar Wai, Yang Yong is composing the diary of the new Chinese youth. Shenzhen, the iconic new city without a past, is the theatre of his works. A city of artifice, a symbol of China’s rebirth, attracting the hopes and dreams of this generation. Through his cinematic images, Yang Yong seizes the voids and the superficiality of the new desires of this burgeoning consumer society. His poetic and colourful works reflect with grace the wanderings of a generation adrift in a society that escapes them. Yang Yong has become one of the leading figures of Chinese Contemporary Art, from the infamous “Fuck off ” exhibition to the Venice Biennale and ICP.
"Like an archaeology of the present, his large images saturated with colour, are no longer just a testimony but an actual interpretation of the era we live in. There is no question here of embodying a generation but to think it beyond its own time."
Yang Yong : Photographs
Text : Enoia Ballade
Format : 11.5x16.5cm