This interview was conducted at the Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts, Guangzhou on 25 October 2007. For more information please visit the Materials of the Future website.


Yang Jiechang (b. 1956, Foshan, Guangdong Province) is an artist who lives and works in Paris, France, and Heidelberg, Germany.

In the 1970s, Yang studied at the Foshan Folk Art Research Institute, and in 1978, he entered the Chinese Painting Department at the Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts (GAFA). After graduating, he became a teacher at GAFA, and during the mid-1980s, he studied Zen Buddhism and Taoism. In 1988, Yang, along with Hou Hanru, Chen Tong, Tang Songwu, and others engaged in the performance Language, Communication, Man at the Sun Yat-Sen Library in Guangzhou. In 1989, Yang was invited to participate in the exhibition ‘Magiciens de la Terre’ in Paris.

Yang continues to work as an artist and exhibits widely. Selected exhibitions include the Venice Biennale (2003), the second Guangzhou Triennial (2005), the Liverpool Biennial (UK, 2006) and the Istanbul Biennial (2007).


楊詰蒼,1956年出生,廣東佛山人。  藝術家,現於海德堡及巴黎生活及工作。

七十年代,楊詰蒼於佛山民間藝術研究社學習,奠定了中國傳統媒介的基礎;1978年入讀廣州美術學院國畫系,1982 年畢業後任教於廣州美术学院。八十年代中期研習禪宗及道家思想,影響了其對藝術的觀念。1988年與侯瀚如、陳侗、唐頌武在廣州中山圖書館創作了⟨話•對•人⟩行為演出。1989年應邀往巴黎龐比杜中心參加《大地魔術師》展,後移居歐洲。


In 2006, Asia Art Archive began a focused archiving project called 'Materials of the Future: Documenting Contemporary Chinese Art from 1980-1990'. This project aimed at developing a comprehensive collection of primary research materials including books, periodicals, newspapers, exhibition brochures, invitations, video recordings, correspondence, and other relevant documents. 

As part of this project, AAA digitised more than 80,000 items of material from personal archives to include artists Mao Xuhui, Wu Shanzhuan, Zhang Xiaogang, and Zhang Peili; curators and critics Fei Dawei, Lu Peng, and Zheng Shengtian; as well as the archives of Tokyo Art Gallery. As part of the research process over 75 in-depth interviews with key artists, curators, and critics were conducted. From a portion of these interviews, AAA created a documentary film about experimental art in South China (Guangzhou) in the 1980s entitled From Jean-Paul Sartre to Teresa Teng: Contemporary Cantonese Art in the 1980s.

AAA’s 1980s archiving project culminated with the launch of a comprehensive website portal called in September 2010.

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Interview: Yang Jiechang (English subtitles)