For the 57th edition of the Venice Biennale, Samson Young creates a new body of work that attempts to reframe the popularity of “charity singles” —purpose-made recordings for charitable causes, featuring super-group artists—as historic “events” and a culturally transformative moments in time. Charity singles were most widespread in the 1980s, and coincided with the rise of neo-liberalist aspirations and the globalisation of the popular music industry. However questions were raised about their appropriateness when ‘We Are the World’ was remade in recent year. A perceived strangeness in the setup left a mark on Samson’s consciousness, setting him on a journey of rediscovery that informs this exhibition.
楊嘉輝為第57屆威尼斯雙年展創作一系列全新作品，試圖以歷史事件或文化轉型的關鍵時刻為框架，闡述娛樂巨星為公益而結集錄製「慈善單曲」的普遍現象。慈善單曲在1980年代最為盛行，新自由主義與流行音樂產業全球化於同期興起。然而，當《Do They Know It’s Christmas》於近年被重新錄製時，歌曲的適當性受到質疑。突兀的演繹方式令楊嘉輝留下深刻印象，引發他對此作出重新審視和研究的興趣，也構成了是次展覽的概念。
Through a deliberate repurposing and creative misreading of such iconic songs as ‘We Are the World’ and ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas’, the artist will generate a series of drawings, objects, video, spatial sound installations and site specific works that together constitute a unique audio-visual experience.
藝術家透過刻意修改和創意誤讀《We Are the World》及《Do They Know It’s Christmas》等經典歌曲，呈現一系列畫作、物件、錄像，和空間聲音裝置及場域特定設置作品，集視覺及聽覺體驗於一體。
Samson Young: Songs for Disaster Relief
3 May – 26 November 2017
Campo della Tana, Castello 2126-30122, Venice, Italy