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Yang Fudong’s Fifth Night at Vancouver Art Gallery, May 12 – September 3, 2012

Friday, May 11th, 2012

Fifth Night is a recent multi-channel video installation by Chinese artist Yang Fudong. One of the most important and influential artists to emerge in China since the late 1990s, Yang Fudong produces sophisticated film and video installations that engage the cinematic traditions of both Hollywood and experimental film while referencing the changing cultural conditions of contemporary China.

In Fifth Night, the artist captured a single scene from seven different vantage points; he then pieced this footage together to compose a fractured whole that plays out across seven screens. The result is a poetic, layered and disjunctive narrative that poses a sense of dislocation that is reflective of the new China, a position that hovers between traditional ideologies/values, and recent modernization. This will be the first presentation of this critically-acclaimed work in Canada.

Organized by the Vancouver Art Gallery and curated by Daina Augaitis, chief curator/ associate director. In conjunction with Yellow Signal Vancouver, a metro Vancouverwide presentation of new media works by contemporary Chinese artists, initiated by Centre A.

Yang Fudong: Fifth Night is the thirteenth installment in NEXT: A Series of Artist Projects from the Pacific Rim, presented by TD Bank Group.

Curator Daina Augaitis’ interview with Yang Fudong is featured in the May/June 2012 issue of Yishu Journal: http://yishu-online.com/browse-articles/?614

photo (top): Yang Fudong, Fifth Night, 2010, 7-channel video installation, 10 mins., 37 secs. Courtesy of the artist, ShanghART Gallery, Shanghai, and Marian Goodman Gallery, New York.

On View: May 12 – September 3, 2012

Venue: Vancouver Art Gallery, 750 Hornby Street, Vancouver, Canada

Members Opening: May 25, 2012, 8-10pm

Artist Talk: May 26, 3pm.

Visit: http://www.vanartgallery.bc.ca

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