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Yang Fudong to Debut New Work in Toronto

Leading Chinese artist and filmmaker Yang Fudong, featured at the Venice Biennale in 2003 and 2007, is due to debut a new installation in Toronto in June.

Yang’s piece, titled New Women, has been commissioned by the Toronto International Film Festival and will be part of a wider TIFF project called “A Century of Chinese Cinema.”

Yang’s new five-channel video is said to be inspired the decadence of Shanghai’s swinging 1920s and 1930s, East-meets-West culture, ideas about women representing China’s search for modernity, and An Estranged Paradise—the debut feature film that won him international attention at Documenta in the early 2000s.

Also being featured at TIFF during the same time is Away with Words, a new two-part installation by cinematographer and artist Christopher Doyle.

Born in Australia and based in Hong Kong, Doyle is known for his work on such films as Chungking Express and In the Mood for Love.

Doyle’s new installation is an attempt to reconcile and complicate his residence in a space between cultures and languages, and will integrate work on the five Chinese elements, clips from his past films, and what Doyle has called “a kind of cinematographer’s Fight Club”—an installation in which he interviews his Chinese alter ego Du-ke Feng.

Admission to see both New Women and Away with Words is free and both will run from June 7 to August 11 the TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto. Doyle will also present a live performance on June 8 at 10 p.m.

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