Seven Intellectuals in Bamboo Forest, Part III

  • 2005
  • Yang Fudong
  • 35 mm film transferred to DVD, black & white
  • 53 min 45 s.

In Yang Fudong’s version, seven young men and women explore different settings in search of their identities and an ideal life. From the misty slopes of the Yellow Mountain to the tower blocks of Shanghai as well as rural and coastal landscapes, explorations of love and surrealist scenes unfold in a series of contemplative tableaux. Alternating between a vision of nature and one of timeless modernity, the cycle highlights the aspirations and doubts of a generation living through the urban, economic and ideological upheavals of China today.

© Yan Pei-Ming / ADAGP, Paris, 2016. Photo © Fondation Louis Vuitton / Marc Domage


Yang Fudong

Yang Fudong was born in Beijing in 1971. He is considered one of China’s most important contemporary film artists. Fudong now lives and works in Shanghai. His work has been exhibited widely in China through the most important avant-garde exhibitions in the late 1990s and has been consequently shown in major institutions around the world as Parasol Unit, London, UK (2011); National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens, Greece (2010); Asia Society, New York, USA (2009);

Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, Austria (2005); Renaissance Society, Chicago, USA (2004). Fudong has participated in prestigious international art events including: Sharjah Biennial, UAE (2013); Venice Biennale, Italy (2003 & 2007); The Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, Australia (2006); documenta11, Germany (2002). The artist’s first major institutional solo exhibition in Europe was co-organised at the Kunsthalle Zurich, Switzerland, and Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive, USA, in 2013. In 2016 a survey exhibition of the artist entitled Filmscapes, was held at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI), Melbourne, Australia and the Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, New Zealand.

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