Fang Di : Zayton Nugget

Fang Di

Zayton Nugget

Video, color, sound

21 min 52 sec



Zayton Nugget is a three-part narrative collage about the fluidity of identity. The first part is about the adventures of the Lantern Festival in the Song and Yuan dynasties. The second part relates to Zheng He's final journey westwards in the fifteenth century; he landed at Manbasa (present-day Mombasa, Kenya), the farthest landmark on ancient Chinese maritime maps. The third part takes place in 1997, when a mariner from Mombasa comes ashore in Hong Kong and finds love on a visit of entertainment; during his long stretch of time at port, race, politics, and love mingle and settle. Life at sea comprises of eternal wandering, while life on land is always involved with ephemeral hedonism一neither ever changes much. Likewise, port cities are located at the nexus of competition between two forces or states. They are not only vehicles for rushing torrents of people, but also witnesses of changes in social structure, shifting materialities, and physical desires. People drift here aimlessly and can't help but sing, "The rivers and oceans are deep, but not as deep as love."


About the Artist

Fang Di was born in 1987 in Guangdong, Shenzhen, and is currently working for a state-owned enterprise in Shenzhen, China. His work discusses racism and social hierarchy through studies on news and political affairs. By switching between identities like a chameleon, he moves smoothly among different social classes, utilizing his unique sensitivity to absorb and resolve people's desires and wisdom gained through migration. He often uses various artistic languages to explore the entanglement and meaning of urban life, and bravely discovers how cultural special groups are defined within the inverted reality of globalization and nationalism, which has become an inevitable social fracture in today's world.

The Macalline Center of Art (MACA) is a non-profit art institution located in the 798 Art District of Beijing and officially inaugurated its space on January 15, 2022. Occupying a two-story building with a total area of 900 square meters, MACA unites artists, curators, and other art and cultural practitioners from around the world. Through its diverse, ongoing, and collaborative approaches, the Center establishes a new site on the contemporary art scene. Guided by the “work of artists” and backed by interdisciplinary research, the Center aims to bring together a community passionate about art and devoted to the “contemporary” moment so as to respond proactively to our rapidly evolving times.