Plant Some Weeds
dual channels， color 4min6sec
In the ‘green spaces’ in the cities, weeds are not typically given a place to grow. In response to this tendency, I planted some seeds on lawns in public spaces. This act, of giving the weeds a space in which they can fight for survival, serves as an act of symbolic protest against the way in which the contemporary political culture attempts to program and regulate the lives of individuals. It also reflects human beings’ own inertia of seeking to be programmed.
When exhibited in the past, the processes of collecting and sowing were displayed on two screens respectively. Also, a number of envelopes with seeds were prepared and placed in the exhibition space for people to take away and spread. I would prefer to consider this piece as a proposal for rather than the trace of action.
Yang Jianworks primarily with video and installation. He received a BA (2004) and MA (2007) from the Art College of Xiamen University and was a resident artist at the Rijksakademie Van Beeldende Kunsten in the Netherlands from 2009 to 2010, supported with funding from Stichting Niemeijer Fonds (NL). He has exhibited extensively in solo and group exhibitions in the UK, the Netherlands, USA and China. He currently lives and works in Beijing and Nanjing, China.