Beyond GOD and Evil - Enemies of Truth
Convictions are more dangerous foes of truth than lies.
善恶的彼岸-真理之敌 1 | Beyond GOD and Evil - Enemies of?Truth 1 | 2019 | 摄影 绘画 | 左：彩色喷墨打印，4毫米透光度20%黑色玻璃 | 右：丙烯绘于黑白喷墨打印照片，4毫米70%透光度玻璃 | 铝板装裱，不锈钢烤漆黑框 | Photography | Painting | Left: Colour archival inkjet print behind 4mm black glass with 20% transmittance | Right: Acrylic paint on B&W archival inkjet print behind 4mm green glass with 70% transmittance | Mounted on aluminum, stainless steel black frame | with frame 181.5×121.5×6cm (× 2 pieces)
ShanghART Gallery will present Yang Fudong's solo project titled "Beyond GOD and Evil - Enemies of Truth" at N205 during West Bund Art & Design this year. Seven sets of photography painting will be unveiled from 7th to 10th Nov. Each set of work consists of the "invisible photograph" and Nietzsche's quotations. 善恶的彼岸-真理之敌 2 Beyond GOD and Evil - Enemies of Truth 2 | 2019 | 左：彩色喷墨打印，4毫米透光度20%黑色玻璃 | 铝板装裱，不锈钢烤漆黑框 | Left: Colour archival inkjet print behind 4mm black glass with 20% transmittance | Mounted on aluminium, stainless steel black frame | with frame 181.5×121.5×6cm | 局部 Detail（左 Left）
《善恶的彼岸-真理之敌》是德国哲学家尼采经典语录中极具对立与辩证的两句陈述。杨福东将二者合二为一作为其最新系列的作品标题。摘选出的语录有序地与最新创作的黑色玻璃下不可见的摄影并置，形成了模糊与鲜明的视觉观感。照片本身具有的清晰画面在黑玻璃的掩映下若隐若现，而观者的倒影成为了叙事最重要的旁白。每张被干扰的摄影在现代时态下与古代背景交织呈现。与此对应的尼采语录，从不同维度映射出对“人性、欲望、社会”等多个主题的探讨。Beyond GOD and Evil - Enemies of Truth are two dialectical quotations from the German philosopher Nietzsche's classics. Yang Fudong combines the two terms into one as the title for his latest series of work. The selected quotes accordingly juxtapose with the unseen photographs under the black glass, which forms a vague and distinct visual perception. The bright image with photos looms in the shadow of the black glass, which results in constructing the crucial narrative voice-over by the mirror reflection of the audience. Every interfered photograph captured in the contemporary context that intertwines with the filming scene of the ancient Song dynasty. The associated Nietzsche's quotation reflects the discussion about "humanity, desire and society" from various perspectives.
善恶的彼岸-真理之敌 2 | Beyond GOD and Evil - Enemies of?Truth 2 | 2019 | 摄影 绘画 | Photography | Painting| 右：丙烯绘于黑白喷墨打印照片，4毫米70%透光度玻璃 | 铝板装裱，不锈钢烤漆黑框 Right: Acrylic paint on B&W archival inkjet print behind 4mm green glass with 70% transmittance | Mounted on aluminium, stainless steel black frame | with frame 181.5×121.5×6cm | 局部 Detail （右 Right)
Beyond GOD and Evil - Enemies of Truth extends from Beyond GOD and Evil series, selects photos from Dawn Breaking - A Museum Film Project. The new series deepens the practical significance of Nietzsche's quotations which the only script adopted during the filming. In early 2018, Yang Fudong finished the shooting of "Dawn Breaking - A Museum Film Project" in Long Museum (Westbund) Shanghai. He unfolds the process of filming as the presentation of the exhibition and the original artwork in the museum. He endeavours to break the way we see films and exhibitions as well as relations between artist and audience. The project will be continuously developing. The process is the film.
Yang Fudong was born in Beijing in 1971, and now lives and works in Shanghai. He graduated from the Department of Oil Painting, China Academy of Art in Hangzhou. He is among the most successful and influential Chinese artists today. Yang has started to create video works since the late 1990s. His works form a unique cultural visual interpretation through multiple cultural perspectives interlaced with experiences of space and time with photographs, film and installation. They are all characterised by multi-perspectives, exploring the structures and forms of identities in myths, personal memories and life experiences. Each work considers both a dramatic lived experience and a challenge. Yang Fudong has participated in several prestigious international art events including Documenta in Kassel (2002), the Venice Biennale (2003/2007), the Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (2006) and the Lyon Biennale of Contemporary Art (2013).