Yang Fudong, who is primarily a filmmaker, hasdesigned an installation for this Biennale featuring ayoung Chinese actress, Ma Sise, with whom he hasalready made films. He has “invented” a new life for Ma Sise. Archive material, films and photographsgo to make up the potential effects of a story thatis both true and untrue (the actress is filmed goingabout her ordinary life, then directed on a film set).Yang Fudong’s films reveal the profound changes incontemporary China’s cultural values that have beenbrought about by rapid modernisation. These visualnarratives, of classical and timeless beauty, are a studyof the creation of identities through myth, memoryand personal experience – or of how to lend realityto a fictional character. The work was conceivedexpressly for Lyon and is the starting point for a filmthat could be three years in the making.