Five landscapes, a film. For his second solo show at the Galerie Martin Janda Raum Aktueller Kunst, from January 29th to March 15th 2003, Jun Yang is showing six pieces created for the show and to be seen for the first time in Vienna.
In his latest film Camouflage. LOOK like them TALK like them (2002/2003), Jun Yang thematizes the situation of illegal immigrants and legal foreigners. The piece originates from newspaper articles of concrete occurrences which Jun Yang works into the form of a conversation with an imaginary person called X. The film stands at the beginning of a series of thematic pieces which, for the first time, does not deal with autobiographical questions. The two wall pieces take up aspects of the video work as separate, minimalistic stories.
Three large models will be shown in the main room of the gallery: landscapes with train, with miniature houses, and with rivers. One of these landscapes, Qi Lai! Qi Lai! Qi Lai! (Arise! Arise! Arise!), shows the reconstruction of the town where Jun Yang was born. Loudspeaker masts stand between the houses, filling the town with the sound of music and texts. "Once I was travelling through Germany on the train and we were talking about the landscape. If my parents told me I’d been born here, I would believe it. I could shoot a film of the landscape in China and it would look exactly the same as in the Vienna Woods or in Mühlviertel. On which landscape structures does one concentrate and how are they reinforced as images? The perfect image of a village – that does not become directly visible in the built landscape, but is spoken about in the texts coming from the megaphones.“ (Jun Yang, interviewed by Sabine B. Vogel, Kunstbulletin 1/2003)