The Paintings, sculptures and installations of Yue
Minjun always feature uniform laughing faces. And if these laughing faces
are observed carefully, it will be noticed that these faces are the face
of Yue Minjun. With these formations of self portraits, Yue Minjun presents
various realities that emerge as the background behind the laughing visages.
These realities emerge through various easy to recognize symbols, metaphors
The laughing faces and the representations of reality in Yue Minjun¡¯s works are closely related. And this relationship shows Yue Minjun¡¯s fairly easy to read cynicism in confrontation with reality. Concerning this cynisism, Yue Minjun has commented that he has commented that he senses an unrecognized power whose center is unknown, but which can engineer/manipulate the behavior of human being through intimidation and terror. This power constitutes a kind of violence that can make human behavior change progressively
Can the works of Yue Minjun be said to be self-portraits?
Within the development of modern art, the search
for reality through representation has been fully deter-mined
¡°I¡± within the question ¡°Who am I?¡± exists at a
shifting position that is sometimes on the inside looking out and sometimes
on outside looking in. This is a self-identification in which the self
is temporary in nature. Varies forces outside and within the self continuously
influence self-idenyWfication and cause its reconfiguration. This is true
of the self-identification occurring in the works of Yue Minjun, which
is reflected in the tendency toward producing self-portraits.