Zong Ning and Wang Yang
During the 55th Venice Biennale in 2013, the artist group created their fictional video work „No Survivors was interviewed while participating in the Venice Biennale“ In this work, they acted out the roles of two famous artists that had participated in the Venice Biennale and were interviewed by foreign journalists. In the video, both the journalist’s meaningless questions and the artists’s ambiguous answers were carefully scripted.
No Survivors is a multi-disciplinary, multi-practice collective consisting of Beijing-based artists Zong Ning and Wang Yan. Both Zong and Wang graduated from the Central Academy of Fine Arts in 2007, where they met, consequently forming No Survivors in 2012. Their practice revolves around public interventions and performances. Using video, scripts and photography, they rewrite a set of rules and stories that document contemporary life. For the 55th Venice Biennale in 2013, No Survivors enlisted the help of journalists to participate in the video piece "No Survivors was interviewed while participating in the Venice Biennale" (2013). The short video, presented as a television segment, featured No Survivors posing as famous artists and cynically engaging in faux interviews.