Yang Yongliang @ Galerie Paris Beijing


One would not expect to see a Chinese artist presenting in Paris, yet the work of Yang Yongliang is sitting beautifully in the city’s Galerie Paris Beijing.

On display are stunning black and white images of what appears to be cities in chinese bowls. These works are inspired by Song Dynasty paintings and look to be depictions of mountains. However, looking closely we can see that these rock formations are actually formed out of high rise flats and apartments. By making this industrialisation and city life so beautiful, Yongliang is making a mockery of modern day life and a comment on the hard and cold urban life in China today. The cities in front of the ‘mountains’ are taking over nature and contrast the simple images on the bowls in which they are growing from which show peasants and flowers.

Similar images are shown in the next room in the round against black, like the moon. The lights employed in these images look like stars but are the artificial lights used indoors in buildings at night time. Interestingly each of these images contains the moon, potentially commenting on our lack of the interest in the natural in favour of technology and urbanisation.

This stunning display entitled ‘The Silent Valley’ is on display at Galerie Paris Beijing until April 27

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Lizzy Vartanian Collier aka Gallery Girl is a writer and curator based in London. Her work has been featured in publications including Dazed, Hyperallergic and Vogue Arabia. She was curator of Perpetual Movement during AWAN Festival 2018 and in 2019 had a residency at the Lab at Darat Al Funun in Amman, Jordan. She has also worked with Armenia Art Fair for its inaugural edition and previously worked as an editor at I.B.Tauris Publishers. In 2019 she co-founded Arsheef, Yemen’s first contemporary art gallery. She has given workshops at Manara Culture in Amman, Jordan and Victoria and Albert Museum in London, UK. As of 2020 she is currently in law school, with the ambition of greater understanding the intersection between art and the law.

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