Yuanyuan Yang: Theater of Crossroads

When 31 Aug 2018 - 28 Sep 2018
Where Gallery 456
456 Broadway (3rd Floor)
New York, NY 10013
United States
Enquiry 212.431.9740

Opening Reception: Friday, August 31, 2018 | 6-8pm

Chinese America Arts Council / Gallery 456 presents Theater of Crossroads, the first solo exhibition by Beijing-based artist Yuanyuan Yang in New York. On view from August 31 through September 28, 2018, the exhibition showcases photographs and a performance video from four different projects—10 Days in Kraków (2014), At the Place of Crossed Sights (2015-2016), Dalian Mirage (2017-ongoing), and Yang’s current research about a group of pioneering female performers of the Chinese diaspora. Interlacing the existing stories and historical events embedded in the works from these projects, the exhibition forms a cohesive narrative oriented around migration and war in the 20th century. Yuanyuan Yang highlights five prominent figures in relation to the aforementioned projects and, through these characters, the exhibition gives voice to individual stories and re-contextualizes the complex history of diaspora and cultural circulations.

The artist’s practice often involves piecing archival materials and a variable of visuals and texts together to discover a given event or time in the past. It is noticeable that Yang embeds her personal experience and imagination in her works to reconstruct the existing narratives, which differentiates her practice from traditional and academic practice. By incorporating cross-disciplinary sources including film and literature and, most importantly, her own photographic works and writing, Yang mixes fact and fiction to create complex and anachronistic storylines. Questioning the way in which the history is written, Yuanyuan Yang’s works are visual stories that strive for alternative historical interpretation, especially of those who are forgotten, silenced, and misrepresented.

The exhibition is organized by Rui Tang and supported by AIKE Gallery.

Photo courtesy of the organizer/s.

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