Yang Zhenzong
Let’s Puff
Yang Zhenzhong, Let’s Puff, 2002, Courtesy the artist and ShanghART Gallery, Shanghai

Located in the busy city environment of Nanjing Road, Shanghai, Let’s Puff transforms an everyday street scene into a game zone for a young woman, who exhausts herself in her effort to keep the city in motion. Shot with the assistance of a wheelchair and an uncanny sense of timing, the opposing screens of this synchronised video installation create a humorous illusion that unhinges our sense of balance. We are literally caught in the crosswind as the young woman blows the street further and further away in short bursts and puffs, with the street resting temporarily as she catches her breath. The light-hearted irony of Yang Zhenzhong’s work gives us a different perspective on the driving force behind the hustle and bustle of a Chinese street.

Yang Zhenzhong was born in Hangzhou, China, in 1968 and lives and works in Shanghai. With degrees in Fashion Design from the Zhejiang Institute of Silk Textile, and Oil Painting from the Zhejiang Academy of Fine Arts, Yang Zhenzhong has been working in video installation for over 10 years. His works have been exhibited extensively internationally, including Follow Me! Contemporary Chinese Art at the Threshold of the Millennium, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan, 2005; Between Past and Future: New Photography and Video from China, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, USA, 2005; Zooming into Focus: Contemporary Chinese Photography and Video from the haudenschild Collection, Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai, China, 2004; OK. Video, Jakata Video Art Festival 2003, Jakata, Indonesia; and City_net Asia 2003, Seoul Museum of Art, Korea.