ShanghART Gallery 香格纳画廊
中文

Yejiang / The Nightman Cometh
YANG FUDONG 杨福东
2011
Single-channel film
35mm b&w film transferred to HD, 5.1 sound track. music : Jin Wang
19 minutes 21 seconds
Edition of 10 + 2AP
YFDU134

1.Night Falls.
2.If the warrior in night is exist or disappear.

Yejiang (The night man cometh), a 35-mm film transferred to HD video, unfold in the realm of historical fantasy. An ancient warrior is seen wounded and forlorn after battle: he is in conflict about his path in life. Three ghost-like characters appear as emblems of feelings and thoughts that surface and clash within the warrior’s heart and mind as he has to decide whether to disappear or continue fighting. Yang has preferred to describe the film as ‘neo-realistic’ rather than historical and allegorical:

"Neo-realism” is a history theater where current and contemporary societal conditions come to play. Who exists realistically, the warrior baron in his period costume or the ghost in a modern outfit? When the ancient battlefield scene and other historical events appear and reappear, where do they belong, in the past, the present or the night-falling future? How impossible it seems to make up your mind, when there is no easy answer to get from the narration! It is getting dark. The warrior has to decide whether to disappear/escape (die) or to continue fighting, which of course might lead to the same fate – death. There is hope nonetheless. The body is desirable whereas the soul is more precious. His spirit is what backs him up in life. How should we live our lives now? How do we identify ourselves with neo-realistic historical events and continue to search for spiritual meanings? What do we really want?

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Related Exhibitions:
From/To: the Frontier of Chinese Art Education SFAI:Chestnut Street Campus, 800 Chestnut Street, San Francisco 11.16, 2018 -12.09, 2018
Dream Video 100 Art Fairs West Bund Art Centre, Shanghai 11.07, 2018 -11.11, 2018
Hey,Sun Is Rising!Screening of Short Films by Yang Fudong Surplus Space, Wuhan 03.10, 2018 -05.10, 2018
ShanghART Video Art Salon / Talk & Screening: Black Ponderings No. 1 ShanghART Video Room & ShanghART Library 09.08, 2017
Yang Fudong, The Light That I Feel Daegu Art Museum, Daegue, Korea 06.10, 2016 -10.16, 2016
Yang Fudong: Filmscapes Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, Auckland, New Zealand 09.25, 2015 -01.25, 2016
From a Poem to the Sunset Daimler Contemporary Berlin, Berlin, Germany 05.01, 2015 -08.30, 2015
Yang Fudong: Filmscapes Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Melbourne, Australia 12.04, 2014 -03.15, 2015
China Arte Brasil OCA, Parque Ibirapuera, Sao Paulo, Brazil 04.10, 2014 -05.18, 2014
The Best of Times, The Worst of Times Revisited MOMENTUM GUG SkyScreen, Berlin, Germany etc. 09.06, 2013 -03.02, 2014
People's Park The Cube Space, Taipei, Taiwan 04.27, 2013 -06.16, 2013
KINO DER KUNST Film Festival Munich, Germany 04.24, 2013 -04.28, 2013
Yejiang / The Nightman Cometh ShanghART Singapore, Singapore 03.16, 2013 -04.30, 2013
The First Kyiv International Biennial of Contemporary Art ARSENALE 2012 Mystetskyi Arsenal, Kyiv (Kiev), Ukraine 05.17, 2012 -07.31, 2012
Yang Fudong Marian Goodman Gallery, New York, USA 03.28, 2012 -04.28, 2012
Super Organism CAFA Art Museum, Beijing 09.20, 2011 -10.30, 2011
One Half of August Parasol Unit Foundation for Contemporary Art, London, U.K. 09.13, 2011 -11.06, 2011
GENG Jianyi, WU Shanzhuan, YANG Fudong: Waterworks ShanghART H-Space, Shanghai 09.06, 2011 -10.23, 2011
Expanded Cinema MMOMA and CCC Garage, Moscow, Russia 06.13, 2011 -07.24, 2011


Collections
Daimler Art Collection


Related Texts:
An Interview on The Nightman Cometh , Li Zhenhua TEXT 2012-03-10
The Lethe Machine — Yang Fudong and Wang Jianwei , Christopher Moore TEXT 2013-03-06


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