Meet the artist

Yang Zhenzhong established himself in the mid-1990s as an active thinker and innovative multimedia artist. He graduated from the Fashion Design Department of the Zhejiang Institute of Silk Textile and later trained at the Oil Painting Department of the Zhejiang Academy of Fine Arts, both in Hangzhou, China.

Yang’s main body of work is produced using digital and video techniques to create forms of psychological portraiture, devising commentaries on institutions and social behaviors through playful irony.

His straightforward subversions have become iconic representations of Shanghai’s unresolved spiritual modernity.

Light and Easy I has become a metaphor, for both insiders and outsiders alike, for the tensions driving Shanghai’s hyper-construction and global ambition at the expense of hidden psychological conflicts. In the six-minute black-andwhite video, only the sound of clumsy steps accompanies the equilibrist in the doomed task of carrying the weight of the city’s trademark on his fingertip.

Artist: Yang Zhenzhong (Born 1968, China)
Title: Light and Easy I
Year: 2001
Medium: Video