To Be or Not to Be

To Be or Not to Be


Banyan trees


Located on the lawn beside the pathway of Kong Ka Pier, Yang Zhenzhong’s imposing installation tests the laws of nature. To be or not to be comprises ten banyan trees planted upside down in a straight line. The naked and entwined roots contradict the natural foliage normally found on tree branches and the typical lush vegetation of Thailand. This is not the artwork’s only paradox. The artist digs the trees from the soil, inverts them and plants their branches in the ground to challenge and probe the capability of both nature and plants to nourish themselves in extreme and abnormal conditions. The logic of the work operates beyond the actual reality to pervade a parallel land where buried trees and intricate root leafage constitute the quotidian landscape. ภาษาไทย : คลิกที่นี่


Yang Zhenzhong


Born in Hangzhou, Yang Zhenzhong has been living and working in Shanghai for more than 20 years with a career closely related to the development of new media art. His works strengthen the contradictions and disorders within the society through a cynical attitude; moreover, they engage with issues of life and death, and use the perception of the space politically and psychologically. Important solo exhibitions include: YANG ZHENZHONG, Ikon Gallery (Birmingham, 2006); Don’t Move, Yang Zhengzhong Solo Exhibition, ShanghART (Beijing, 2011); and Trespassing, YANG Zhenzhong Solo Exhibition, OCT Contemporary Art Terminal (Shanghai, 2013). He has also participated in major biennials such as Venice Biennale (2007), Guangzhou Triennial (2012), La Biennale de Lyon (2013), and Shanghai Biennale (2016). He has exhibited internationally at different shows including Light As Fuck!, BizArt (Shanghai, 2002); Global Cities, Turbine Hall, Tate Modern (London, 2007); Consumer, Salon 1.618, Palais de Tokyo (Paris, 2009); Our Bright Future: Cybernetics Fantasy, Nam June Paik Art Center (Yongin-si, 2017); and Art and China after 1989: Theater of the World, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (New York, 2017). He won prizes including Italy Ermanno Casoli Foundation Prize and AVIFF Art Film Festival Honor Award Jury.

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