The Conqueror

Yeni Mao

February 6, 2015 – February 28, 2015

The Conqueror, Yeni Mao’s latest body of work, centers on three films about Genghis Khan made between 1956 and 2007.

Mao considers how each one fictionalizes the narrative of Genghis Khan, by layering portions of the Fibonacci sequence onto each film’s three main, archetypical characters—Genghis Khan, his best friend and his wife – and assigns each the number, 3, 5, and 8, respectively. Mao questions the myths and beliefs associated with this iconic film imagery, while filtering the chaotic history of Genghis Khan through a scrim of European geometric rationalization. By doing so, he systematically engages these fictions by manipulating media ready-mades to further undermine their historical narrative. The exhibition will feature sculpture, letterpress prints, and a video.

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Yeni Mao was born in Canada and studied at The Art Institute of Chicago. He lives and works in New York. Exhibitions include Zidoun-Bossuyt Gallery, Collette Blanchard Gallery, Allegra La- Viola Gallery, University of Maryland, Andrew Edlin Gallery, Rush Arts, ROM for kunst og arkitektur, and the Shang Element Contemporary Art Museum. Residencies include The Lijiang Studio and Red Gate Gallery in China, The Fountainhead Residency in Miami, OAZO-AIR in Amsterdam, and Flash Atolye in Turkey. Mao’s work has been written about in The New York Times, Time Out New York, The Advocate, The Village Voice, and the Bangkok Post