RADIO // Living HistoryYun-Fei Ji
Originally aired 4/9/10
In this conversation at James Cohan Gallery, Don J. Cohn, Senior Editor of ArtAsiaPacific Magazine, interviews artist Yun-Fei Ji about his new body of work and his relationship with China. Yun-Fei Ji’s 2010 exhibition Mistaking Each Other for Ghosts, his second solo exhibition at James Cohan, was the inaugural showcase of his 32-foot-long narrative scroll, The Three Gorges Dam Migration, as well as numerous new works on paper. The calm and thoughtful Yun-Fei Ji fields Cohn’s pressing and often provocative questions with great consideration, tackling everything from Yun-Fei Ji’s understanding of the state of contemporary China to his graphic, fantastical (and at times critical) portraits of Chinese history. The artist discusses how affected he was on a recent trip to the Three Gorges region of China, where he witnessed the immense cultural and physical displacement caused by the building and subsequent flooding of the Dam. The experience inspired him to conceive his latest works as a platform to create consciousness and understanding about issues facing China. The artist stresses, however, that forced migration, displacement and increasing consumerism are a global concern, and are not unique to China (1 hour 6 minutes).
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