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Film by leading figure in China's art world coming to gallery

Fascinating work by Yang Fudong, one of the leading figures in China's contemporary art world and independent cinema, will go on show at Wolverhampton Art Gallery next month.

The Nightman Cometh (2011)
The Nightman Cometh (2011)

The Nightman Cometh (2011) is one of the few single channel projections created by Yang and it will be on display at the Lichfield Street gallery from Saturday 14 October to Sunday 3 December.

This film shares, as with the rest of his filmic production, an enigmatic pictorial language, and an exquisite and beautiful approach to every detail of the lighting, the music and the direction of the actors.

The Nightman Cometh unfolds in a snow covered landscape where an injured warrior in ancient Chinese armour is followed by 3 equally ghostly figures, from different times and historical backgrounds. There is no narrative thread, no beginning and no end. The warrior will depart the scene in the same way as he appeared in it, unguided and aimlessly.

Yang first trained to be a painter in the China Academy of Fine Arts in Hangzhou. In the early 1990s, he began to work with film and currently directs films, creates photographs, and video installations.

Councillor John Reynolds, City of Wolverhampton Council Cabinet Member for City Economy, said: "We've got a real Chinese influence in the gallery this autumn with two other fascinating exhibitions about China and this film, which combines qualities found in classic Chinese painting with contemporary filmic style."

The film is free and runs for just over 19 minutes.

  • released: Thursday 7 September, 2017