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b. 2002, China

Yangjiang Group Biography

Yangjiang Group is an artistic group created in 2002 in Yangjiang, Guangdong Province, China by Zheng Guogu (b.1970, Yangjiang), Chen Zaiyan (b.1971, Yangchun) and Sun Qinglin (b.1974, Yangjiang).

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They use the unique medium of Chinese calligraphy to develop a diverse contemporary art practice, including performance, photography, painting, video and installation. Collaboration and participation are hallmarks of Yangjiang Group’s practice. Known for its playful attacks on traditional calligraphy and attempts to subvert sociocultural conventions and values, their practice takes shape in many different formats such as painting, multimedia installation, and performance using materials like wax, food, and ink. Audience participation is a significant component of their work; ordinary events like eating, gambling, tea sipping, and binge drinking are vital to their convivial working process and cultivation of community-based exhibition experiences.

Yangjiang Group has had solo shows at Eastside Projects, Birmingham, United Kingdom (2012); Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai (2013–14); 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, Sydney (2015); and Museo nazionale delle arti dell XXI secolo, Rome (2015). They have participated in international exhibitions and biennials including The Real Thing: Contemporary Art from China, Tate Liverpool (2007); China Welcomes You . . . Desires, Struggles, New Identities, Kunsthaus Graz, Austria (2007); Documenta, Kassel, Germany (2007); Sprout from White Nights, Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm (2008); Lyon Biennial, France (2009–2010); Zizhiqu: Autonomous Regions, Guangdong Times Museum, Guangzhou (2013); Auckland Triennial (2013); and Tales of Our Time, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (2016–2017).

Yangjiang Group lives and works in Yangjiang.

Text courtesy Tang Contemporary Art.

Yangjiang Group Featured Artworks

Deep Blue by Yangjiang Group contemporary artwork
Yangjiang GroupDeep Blue, 2013Lacquer on canvas
208 x 208 cm
Tang Contemporary Art Contact Gallery

Yangjiang Group Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, The Crime of Adolf Loos at Axel Vervoordt Gallery, Antwerp
16 March–25 May 2019 Group Exhibition The Crime of Adolf Loos Axel Vervoordt Gallery, AntwerpAntwerp

Yangjiang Group Represented By

Tang Contemporary Art contemporary art gallery in Beijing, China Tang Contemporary Art Hong Kong, Beijing, Bangkok

Yangjiang Group In Ocula Magazine

Dr Uli Sigg Ocula Conversation Dr Uli Sigg By Diana d'Arenberg, Hong Kong

I'm very much a fan of the public institution. I think only the public institution can provide the long-term guarantee that it will continue to exist and it will be 'the' public memory.

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Zheng Guogu Ocula Conversation Zheng Guogu By Stella Rosa McDonald, Sydney

Over the Australian summer, cult Chinese artists Yangjiang Group will present a new multi-site work commissioned by 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art. Actions for Tomorrow will take over both the public and private areas at 4A in addition to a one-night only participatory performance and garden party at the Chinese Gardens of...

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Yangjiang Group In Related Press

'Tales of Our Time': Chinese contemporary art at the Guggenheim New York Related Press 'Tales of Our Time': Chinese contemporary art at the Guggenheim New York 29 January 2017, Art Radar Journal

Tales of Our Time is the second of The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Chinese Art Initiative, which seeks to commission new works relevant to Chinese contemporary art which will then enter the Guggenheim’s permanent collection. All the artists included in the exhibition were born between 1970-80, thus suggesting that the works on display in...

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New Art from China Renders Local Histories Fantastic, Futuristic, and Bloody Related Press New Art from China Renders Local Histories Fantastic, Futuristic, and Bloody 13 January 2017, Hyperallergic

In the corner of a small gallery on an upper floor of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, you are immersed in a bloody, bizarre, and strangely emotional tableau. Inside a floor-to-ceiling acrylic cage, a black robotic arm twirls around, sweeping bloody residue on the floor towards itself. Just as the arm’s plastic flap cleans one area, more liquid...

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