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Di Yang

Di Yang

The year 2020 is indeed unusual. Under the influence of COVID-19, not only do we get to rethink about the relationship between ourselves and society, but we also get to envisage our future in a bigger picture. Once again, we have our eye on the universe – perhaps this is because the rockets launched by SpaceX give us hope to live on Mars some day in our lifetime. However, there is hardly any difference between our ambition for Mars and the colonial history of the Americas. Like the Space Race during the Cold War decades ago, humans are inclined to place hope in the unknown and faraway – as if we could forget our pains when we hold on to these unattainable hopes. - from the notes of the artist -


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Di Yang, Safe word, 2020, 4K, 3840x2160 Video, 15 min.
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Soft landing, installation view
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Soft landing, installation view
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Safe word, installation view
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Safe word, film still
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Safe word, film still
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Lost piece, sound work, 2020
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Black mirror, 4K, 3840x2160 Video, 3min, 2020

Created as a clip of a fictitious sci-fi move from the 1960s, this film tells a story taking place at the Mars Immigration Office.It is about the oldest son from a middle-class family that moved to Mars alone as a second-generation immigrant. When applying to extend his resident status, he becomes the subject of abuse of power by the immigration officer.With two white actors acting in this film, it reflects on the real meaning of racism.
The year 2020 is indeed unusual. Under the influence of COVID-19, not only do we get to rethink about the relationship between ourselves and society, but we also get to envisage our future in a bigger picture. Once again, we have our eye on the universe – perhaps this is because the rockets launched by SpaceX give us hope to live on Mars some day in our lifetime. However, there is hardly any difference between our ambition for Mars and the colonial history of the Americas. Like the Space Race during the Cold War decades ago, humans are inclined to place hope in the unknown and faraway – as if we could forget our pains when we hold on to these unattainable hopes.
The same goes for every migration in history. In modern times, it can be as small as an individual moving to a different city or even just a new house.As if we could put up with living like ants for the time being when we are given a chance to start all over.-