MoA Master
Yan Zhang

Yan Zhang
Environmental Art
1979, China

To Read or not to Read?
Installation -‘Read or not to Read’

It is written in the Bible:   “Now the whole world had one language and a common speech … The LORD said, ‘If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them. … Come, let us go down and confuse their language so they will not understand each other.’" (Genesis 11)

Living in Finland and being a non-Finnish speaker, I deeply feel the power of God confusing our languages. Chinese and Finnish people do not understand each other’s written and spoken language. Is this absolutely true? The ancient Chinese language – which is based on signs and symbols – looks like an abstract reflection of the real object, and thus you and I understand it at first sight in a global, shared sense. The language barrier is broken.

By presenting the ancient sign language as reflections, the installation creates a new kind of environment where signs and objects overlap in the space between the audience and the works of art. The imagination of the audience is invited to interact with the work.
Contact information
+ 358 44 299 0295