Bold and surprising, Jason Phu’s video work presents us with a guide for surviving contemporary life through the lens of martial arts film
Aside from bareknuckle action and breakneck stunts, martial arts and wuxia films are packed with wisdom and life lessons. Artist Jason Phu has reclaimed these wise sayings and remixed them into a moving image philosophy for surviving contemporary life. Divided into chapters featuring insights and meditations from different movies, tv shows and videogames, Analects of Kung Phu: Book 1, The 69 Dialogues between the Lamp and the Shadow offers a guide to ourselves and society taught by action stars and movie heroes.
Jason Phu is the 2021 recipient of the Mordant Family Moving Image Commission for young Australian artists.
The Mordant Family Moving Image Commission for young Australian artists is created in partnership with Professor Cav. Simon Mordant AO and Catriona Mordant AM, the City of Melbourne, John Allsopp from Web Directions, and ACMI.
About Jason Phu
Jason Phu was born in 1989 in Sydney, Australia, and he lives and works in Melbourne. His artworks explore Chinese histories in Australia, his own family history, and Chinese/Vietnamese folktales.
Jason has shown in the Dobell Drawing Biennale (2018) at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, The Burrangong Affray (2018) at the 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, Primavera 2018: Young Australian Artists at the Museum of Contemporary Art and was commissioned by the Sydney Opera House for the 2019 Art Assembly Commission. In 2021 he was the recipient of the $80,000 Mordant Family Moving Image Commission for young Australian artists for Analects of Kung Phu. His work is showing in The Way We Eat at the Art Gallery of New South Wales and he is an artist for the arts festival Rising: Melbourne. He is represented by Station Gallery (Melbourne) and Chalk Horse (Sydney).
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