SUPER DEMOCRACY - The Senate of Things

Three cultural institutions enter into a dialogue with the Belgian Senate during the exhibition SUPERDEMOCRACY, which is on display throughout October. BPS22 in Charleroi, BOZAR in Brussels and M HKA in Antwerp provide a cultural dimension to the Senate’s current issues.

1.10.2017 - 31.10.2017


Zhenzhong yang i will die 2000 2 (c)image: M HKA
I Will Die, 2000
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For the multi-channel projection I Will Die, Yang Zhenzhong filmed friends of different ages and from different social backgrounds while looking at the camera and repeating the words "I will die" in their native language. Then he took his project to the streets and filmed anyone who was ready to face the camera and say "I will die".

The younger people were more carefree than the elderly and the sick people, who were more reluctant to utter the sentence because ‘die’ is a word that brings back luck according to Chinese social traditions.

Short snippets confront the viewer with existential questions. The work challenges the viewer to meditate on mortality and immortality, truth and lies, facade and sincerity, fiction and reality. Yang Zhenzhong has gained wide recognition with this work. This work has several versions - due to differences in religion, culture and tradition, the sentences pronounced vary according to the different nationalities.