Jue Yang

documentair - film - literair - schrijven - audiovisueel

I am a writer, artist, filmmaker and critic. In my writing and research, I dive into institutional oppression and generational trauma with empathy and criticality. Through writing, I find connections among autobiography (auto-ethnography), intersectional feminism, Black Studies and Postcolonial Studies — discourses that have inspired me.

Both my writing and filmmaking practices involve annotating and archiving. Although a common theme in my images is the search for sovereignty, my explorations of lens- and time-based media do not limit to the expression of such. For me, making image is an antidote to rootlessness, a tribute to taking care (of home, people, things) and a blending of visual and textual poetics.

since brass nor stone nor earth nor endless sea (2021) - excerpt from short film (7'4''). Synopsis: In a prison guarded by the blind, her languages become rhythms. A fly buzzes, flowers dry, soup boils over — there is an inevitability in the air. Small things seem infinite, as thoughts take on the shape of sounds.
T,M,RR,W (2021) - still image from short film (2'5''), music by Vogel Ray.Synopsis: An off-sync mirror. A portal of touch. What falls resurrects. What dances gains consciousness. What rises repeats.
Cannonball and other stories: or, how to hold an image (2021) - excerpt of performance lecture during the Inward Outward Symposium in October 2021. In this performance lecture, I deconstruct an archive film from the EYE film collection— looking deeply into the emotions the film holds and questioning how to hold a contested image. My presentation consists a collage of written script, voice (both my own and computer-generated voices) and photographs, archive images and videos.
there is no death in gravity (2020) - excerpt from short film (7'37''). Synopsis: What is the sound of a heartbreak? When does an apple die? I listen to a mundane cosmo through the footsteps of my neighbor.
there is no death in gravity - projection view
Querida (2019-?) - excerpt from documentary. Due to COVID-19 constraints and changes, this film has been on hold. Synopsis on Vimeo.
passage (2019) - 1'11'', HD video with stereo sound
Selected Statuses (2018) - Zine made for Yami-ichi Internet Market. Utrecht, NL, 2018. Fifty facebook statuses of the author in non-chronological order.
Fold (2018) - Fold is a book of the human moments surrounding loss, mourning, understanding and catharsis. It consists of twelve open-licensed photos selected from passersby on Flickr. Each image rests in a square, collapsable origami module, with a palette associated with mourning rituals in certain cultures — white, silver and earth. The photos follow a sequence, indicated by the book cover on the opposite side of each module. When assembled, the cover reads as one strip of "folded sediments" from a mountain. The book folds into a cuboid measuring 9 x 9 x 4.5cm.
Fold - details