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Born in 1979 in Inner Mongolia, Yu Yang is a contemporary artist who graduated from Lu Xun Fine Arts Institute and is currently living and working in Beijing, China. Yu Yang experiments with an original combination of modern and Chinese traditional forms.

Yu Yang’s sculpture represents the body of a shark being hoisted onto a boat. The body of the shark is contorted to depict the suffering of the animal ante mortem. The interwoven mesh of harpoons composes the structural elements of the shark’s form, and at the same time, makes reference to human cruelty. Strings of fishing net hang from above his body, adding to the atmosphere of dan¬ger and the menace of being captured.

The photos show the artist’s studio.