Shifting Times, Moving Images presents Liang Yue ( b.1979) for its third instalment. Developing her practice at a time when digital recording and camcorder ownership became more widespread, Liang's focus in both video and photography turned towards the mundanity of the day-to-day experience. A sense of spontaneity exudes from her works, often featuring neglected and overlooked objects, moments and sights picked up by her acute observations.
Accounting for half the total number of videos screened across the four-part series, the featured selection draws from Liang's massive body of works in the past two decades, depicting poetic scenes intentionally free of context. Imagery depicting the beauty of insignificance with an absence of plot confronts the viewers, at once providing a meditative environment yet also challenging the audience's perception and appreciation of art, specifically its significance and value.
As technology improves and video-making techniques become increasingly sophisticated, Liang instead goes the other direction; refining and simplifying her process by minimising edits, reducing camera movements, or filming without sound. In doing so, she seeks to extract the purity of the moments from the everyday hustle and bustle, reflecting on the ways of life.
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