Yang Yongliang, Endless Streams, 2017, single-channel 4K video, 7’00’’
Yang Yongliang, Endless Streams, 2017, single-channel 4K video, 7’00’’ 

Yang Yongliang - Time Immemorial

04/11/2017 - 23/12/2017

62, rue de Turbigo 
75003 Paris


The Shanghai-based artist keeps jostling our collective conscience, questioning our economical, environmental and social issues, by foreseeing the devastating effects of unrestrained urbanization and industrialization in China and abroad.
Inspired by Chinese ancestral culture and the famous Shan Shui, Yang Yongliang works with digital photography like a painter. The overall view of his work reminds us of a landscape, but a careful analysis will reveal an image made of man-made shapes and the representation of an undoubtedly urban context. The characteristic trees from the classical Song dynasty paintings become metallic lattice or poles from which are drawn electrical power lines. His inhabitants are cut off from the natural environment and seem to lead a life pairing with a kind of anonymity.
With the new series Time Immemorial (2016), the artist keeps developing a critic approach to reality while searching for a spiritual source in his country’s relentless march between technological progress and annihilation. The contemporary urban imagery in total decay is always present: the mountains covered by giant skyscrapers in ruins will soon be flooded by the rise of the waters, taking more and more over the surface. However Yang Yongliang subtly suggests a possible agreement between tradition and modernity, nature and culture.