Sites of Construction:
The moving image as a site of art historical construction
Spring is delighted to support Asia Art Archive’s screening program running from August to October 2013 entitled
Sites of Construction: The moving image as a site of art historical construction.
Wednesday, 25 September, 7pm, Spring Workshop
Director: Yao Hung-I (Taiwan)
2011| 72 minutes | Mandarin with English subtitles
Chinese painter Liu Xiaodong left home when he was 17 to study art in Beijing; he went on to become a renowned artist. Thirty years later, Liu decided to return home to create a body of work that would capture his hometown—and it’s many changes. He painted his family, friends and the city. This documentary records Liu’s mysterious art making process, from an empty canvas and ending with an abundance of content and form. Each of Liu’s paintings is part of a larger series, a frozen moment infused with childhood memories and present-day experiences.
Yao Hung-I joined Hou Hsiao-Hsien’s film studio (now 3H Productions) in 1994. He directed his first feature film in 2005 and has worked as director, assistant director, cinematographer, art director, film editor, and executive producer.
Thursday, 26 September, 7pm, Spring Workshop
*7.45-8.15pm: Discussion with artist, curator and Chief Editor of Chutzpah! Ou Ning 歐寧 and Sigg Senior Curator of M+ Pi Li 皮力 in Mandarin
Director: Yang Bo (China)
2009 | 35 minutes | Mandarin with Chinese and English subtitles
In the summer of 2009, Liu Xiaodong traveled to Yan Guan County in Gansu Province, China. For centuries, the area was known for its horse-trading. The painter had spent the previous year there painting horses and had become fascinated by the region’s crossroads of cultures. On this return trip, he seeks to depict the peaceful co-existence of Muslims and Christians — both non-indigenous cultures and foreign to Liu — through portraits of two families.
After graduating from the Beijing Film Academy in 2008, Yang Bo has worked as a director, director of photography and post-production editor on a variety of films, short videos and commercials.
Director: Jia Zhangke (China)
2006 | 66 minutes | Mandarin with Chinese and English subtitles
Artist Liu Xiaodong visited the Three Gorges area to create his oil painting series, Hot Bed. A group of 11 local construction workers became models in his work. Director Jia Zhangke visited Liu on the banks of Fengjie, a city soon to be submerged under the Yangtze River with the completion of the Three Gorges Dam. They later travelled to Bangkok where Lui invited 11 Thai women to be his models for the same series of paintings. Both cities have their own river running through the centre of the city, charging forwards and never returning.
Jia Zhangke was born in Fenyang, Shanxi Province. He graduated from the Beijing Film Academy in 1997. His first feature film Xiao Wu (1998) was very successful at the Berlin, Nantes and Vancouver festivals. His latest film Sanxia haoren (Still Life) received the Golden Lion Award at the Venice Film Festival 2006.
‘Sites of Construction’ is financially supported by the Arts Capacity Development Funding Scheme of
the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.
Programme Partners: Asia Society Hong Kong Center, Film Culture Centre, Hong Kong Arts Centre, Spring Workshop, Ying E Chi
Funded in part by: Burger Collection
Publication Partner: Yishu: Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art
Design Partner: 84000communications
Media Partner: The House News
The content of these programmes does not reflect the views of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.
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