Zheng Yuan | 2018 | 9:49
An exhausted delivery rider sprawls on the bench of a roadside park and drifts off. In his dream, workers gather together in a ‘Shanzhai’ (imitation goods) park, where they stop to pose as statues. This all-star line up of contemporary youth-labourers in a dream setting explores China’s contemporary urban life: infused with technology and capital, new kinds of markets emerge, as well as new kinds of exploitation, anxieties, and dreams.
Bio: Yuan Zheng
Zheng Yuan (b.1988, Lanzhou, China) currently lives and works in Beijing. Working primarily with time-based media, his work often operates at the intersection of fiction, documentary, essay, and investigative studies. His practice focuses on identity and evaluation and it’s ever-shifting relationship with history, power and representation. By introducing archival material, found footage and situations Zheng’s work acquires an interleaved complexity within imbricated contexts.
His recent solo exhibitions include “Up in the Air”, Taikang Space, Beijing, 2017; “An Open Studio” Practice, New York, 2016. He recently participated in group shows including “Out of Blueprints”, Serpentine Galleries x NOWNESS, Online, 2020; “An Impulse to Turn”, Beijing Inside-out Art Museum, Beijing, 2020; “UN/ CONVENTIONAL: OCAT x KADIST Emerging Media Artist Exhibition“, OCAT Shanghai, Shanghai, 2020; The Mesh” Shanghai chiK11 Art Museum, Shanghai, 2019; “Cosmopolis #1.5: Enlarged Intelligence”, Chengdu, 2018; “OFFLINE BROWSER”, The 6th Taiwan International Video Art Exhibition, Hong-gah Museum, Taipei, 2018; “New Metallurgists”, Julia Stoschek Collection, Düsseldorf, 2018; “Long March Project Building Code Violations III Special Economic Zone”, Long March Space, Beijing, 2018. His works are also screened at film festivals including the 65th International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, Oberhausen, 2019; 55th Ann Arbor Film Festival, Ann Arbor, 2017. He was nominated at the Art Sanya for the Young Chinese Artists Award in 2017. He received his MFA in Film, Video, New Media and Animation at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2015.