Chinese-born media artist Chi Jang YIN is best known for her reflective, autobiographical work, which comments upon the state of Chinese culture, past and present. Her video work combines documentary, experimental and narrative disciplines and she often imbues her work with elements from her background in photography and performance art. Through humor and irony, her conceptual work leads to the merging of personal and social statements. Themes of Yin’s work consist of displacement, alienation, the absence of representation, memory in narrative, and individualism reconstructed and intertwined with social and cultural infrastructures.YIN’s award-winning videos are internationally recognized and are frequently featured in film exhibitions, galleries, museums and film festivals, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), Kassel Dokumentarfilm-und-Videofest (Germany), Asian Art Biennial at The Taiwan National Museum of Fine Arts (Taiwan), The Contemporary Center of Art (Bulgaria), The Cheekwood Art Museum (Nashville), The Phoenix Art Museum (Phoenix), The National Museum of Women in the Arts (Washington, D.C.), The Gene Siskel Film Center (Chicago), The Pacific Film Archive (University of California-Berkeley), The Los Angeles Film Festival, and The International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, IDFA (The Netherlands). Her videos are distributed by the Video Data Bank in Chicago and Videotage in Hong Kong.
Dark River (2010, 6’05”)
In the still night, two elderly fellow artists and friends walk on a path side by side along a river that runs through a Chinese village. It has been 50 years but they have not forgotten the propaganda songs that they learned at the educational camps during the Cultural Revolution. Rather than acknowledging them as nationalistic creations, the two friends have turned the songs into a longing for their youth.