Medium: Single channel video (digital film)
Dimensions: 00:46:30 running time
Brief biography: b. 1978, Guangzhou, China. Lives and works in Beijing.
Haze and Fog, by Beijing-based artist and filmmaker Cao Fei, was the first acquisition made by Lindsay Taylor in her role as Art Curator for University of Salford in 2013, and it has since been screened at the Tate Modern, London, the Pompidou Centre, Paris and Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York as well as in China.
The film examines notions of class and value structures, powerlessness and the masses as a neutral force in the modern day metropolis of China – presenting a move away from the traditional good versus evil heroic drama of zombie activity. The characters in the film are a different kind of ‘zombie’ – those who have lost their traditions in life and entered into a new fog and numb state of ‘neutral lmodernity’, struggling with contemporary daily routines.
Cao Fei is one of the most significant young artists to emerge on the international art scene from China. Her multi-media projects explore the lost dreams of the young Chinese generation and their strategies for overcoming and escaping reality.
Haze and Fog was co-commissioned by the University of Salford Art Collection with the Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art (CFCCA), in partnership with Eastside Projects (Birmingham), Arnolfini (Bristol), Bath School of Art and Design and Bath University.
Cao Fei’s 2014 film La Town is also in the University of Salford Art Collection.