ShanghART Gallery 香格纳画廊

The Half Hitching Post
Single-channel film
DV shooting, music by Wang Wenwei
7 minutes
Edition of 10 + 2AP

A beautiful panoramic landscape sets the scene for the narrative of “The Half Hitching Post”. Here, we see only fragments of two stories taking place simultaneously: Two different couples are being witnesses in their attempt to ascend a mountain on a sloped and steep road. The viewer is left unaware of the couple’s ultimate goal as they compete on reaching their destination. Focusing on the journey up-wards the shifting perspective of the camera depicts the mutual hindrances engaged by the couples to sabotage their opponent’s success on reaching their ?nal destination. Juxtaposing the race towards the top with the tranquility of the surrounding landscape lends the video a poetic vibe all its own.

An Sai, Shanbei,
An isolated village on the Loess Plateau, Northern China.
Two young outsiders are moving in,
While two young locals are struggling to escape.
Comes into view a donkey full of luggage,
Comes also into view a young couple,
He carries her on a bike...
4m screen, own room, 40-50m2, walls 70% black

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Chinese Utopia’s Revisited – The Elephants BOZAR, Brussel, Belgium 07.16, 2015 -08.30, 2015
Strange Worlds Modena Foro Boario, Modena, Italy 07.09, 2015 -09.06, 2015
Altrove: Yang Fudong Capo d' Arte, Italy 07.26, 2014 -09.04, 2014
Yang Fudong: East of Que Village Logan Center in University of Chicago campus, Chicago, USA 02.28, 2014 -03.30, 2014
Multiple Encounters Berkeley Art Museum, San Francisco, USA 11.06, 2013 -02.02, 2014
Moving on Asia City Gallery Wellington, New Zealand 02.22, 2013 -06.16, 2013
Transformation: A View on Chinese Contemporary Art The Istanbul Museum of Modern Art, İstanbul, Turkey 09.21, 2012 -11.25, 2012
Wandering Eyes: Video Art from Shanghai Exhibition State Gallery Linz, Austria 05.31, 2012 -09.04, 2012
Move on Asia, the End of Video Art Casa Asia-Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain 05.12, 2011 -09.25, 2011
Nature of China - 2010 Contemporary Art Documenta True Color Museum, Suzhou 06.05, 2010 -08.05, 2010
Yang Fudong: the General's Smile Hara Museum, Tokyo, Japan 12.19, 2008 -05.23, 2009
China Power Station: Part II Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Oslo, Norway 09.08, 2007 -12.02, 2007
Half Hitching Post 2577 Longhua Road, Shanghai 05.20, 2006 -05.27, 2006

Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Modena
Astrup Fearnley Museum

Related Texts:
The Half Hitching Post TEXT 2013-11-10