Chinese artist Yang Xing's first solo exhibition in South America, displays his interest in exploring overarching themes such as resistance and order, by way of a video-installation and a series of performances taking place in an area covered by a floor-installation that serves as their stage. Xing is known for highly conceptual multimedia projects that reflect critically on history as construct, looking not only to contemporary art, but, also, cinema, literature and critical theory. The exhibition title, ‘Opfer’ (meaning ‘victim’ in German), acknowledges the last film made by Russian film director Andrei Tarkovsky, The Sacrifice (1986), whose central character is an aesthetics specialist indignant with the state of modern man. The performances taking place on the ground floor gravitate around the concepts of ‘sacrifice’ and ‘mercy’, which also permeate the video-installation on the first floor made from footage shot in São Paulo, addressing the city's crude violent nature. Xing brings together different tensions to comment on the current state of flux we are living in and the deep-rooted changes societies are going through.
- Camila Belchior
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