Yunyi Zhu

Tout ce qui était proche s'éloigne - Film - 22min - 2021

présenté dans le cadre de l'exposition Panorama 23


“[…] ‘alles Nahe werde fern,’ everything near becomes distant. Goethe was referring to the evening twilight. Everything near becomes distant. It is true. At nightfall, the things closest to us seem to move away from our eyes. So the visible world has moved away from my eyes, perhaps forever.” Jorge Luis Borges, “Blindnes,” in Seven Nights, New Directions, 1984, p. 1215. In 2006 my friend Xiaoxin caught an eye disease and, from that moment on, began losing his sight. By 2015 he had become completely blind. He told me that this complete darkness frightened him. I felt that my fried was en route somewhere. In the “land of the blind” Xiaoxin will live in a solitary world (a world without simulacra), a real world (we must touch), a poetic world (the collapsed statue).

Yunyi Zhu

Yunyi Zhu is a Chinese artist whose practice questions memory and perception. He currently lives and works in Lille. Graduated from Tsinghua University Academy of Fine Arts, Esä and Le Fresnoy -- Studio national des arts contemporains, he works based on the combination of a series of personal experiences relating to the uses of some of our underestimated senses in the field of art, such as touch, and the questions of memory. He transforms these experiences and memories into works by various approaches of mediums.


Le Fresnoy - Studio national des arts contemporains, Tourcoing — ASRL - Association d'action sociale et médico-sociale des Hauts-de-France — IJA - Établissement pour déficients visuels