Yang Fudong

The Coloured Sky: New Women II, 5 天色•新女性 II, 5

The Coloured Sky: New Women II, 5 天色•新女性 II, 5 by Yang Fudong

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Internationally renowned for creating expansive and allusive 35mm film and digital video installations, Yang Fudong’s works feature long and suspended sequences, spiralling narratives and multiple perspectives that reflect the psychology of a new generation grappling to find its place in modern day China.

The Coloured Sky: New Women II (2014) conveys a poetic reflexiveness that permeates all of Yang Fudong’s works. Yang Fudong’s works draw heavily on traditional Chinese painting and also reflect a fascination with international cinema, particularly film noir. His key influences include filmmakers Jim Jarmusch and Jean-Luc Godard, as well as Shanghai films of the 1920s and 1930s, which were strongly influenced by the West.

These photographs are stills from the five-channel video installation, in which Yang Fudong delves into the secret dreams and anxieties of contemporary young women. Forgoing his signature 35mm black-and-white film for crisp, high-definition video, this colour-drenched work suggests a vivid intimacy with its subjects. As three ingénues frolic self-consciously behind Technicolour-tinted glass, the politics of spectatorship and the construction of female sexuality are obvious

The Coloured Sky: New Women II, 5 天色•新女性 II, 5
Yang Fudong
Production date
colour inkjet print on paper
1800 x 1200 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of the Auckland Contemporary Art Trust, 2015
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International Art
Display status
Not on display

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