Wang Bing in conversation with Anne Kerlan, Director of Centre d’Etude sur la Chine moderne et contemporaine (CECMC / CNRS). Friday 21 December, 7pm
On the occasion of Wang Bing’s second exhibition, Galerie Chantal Crousel present three films including two previously unseen in France: Mrs Fang (2018 – Director’s cut) and Beauty Lives in Freedom (2018) respectively shown at 11am and 2pm from Tuesday to Saturday. Traces (2014) is presented in the exhibition space in a continuous screening.
Mrs Fang (Director’s cut)
Fang Xiuying was a farm worker born in Huzhou, Fujian in 1948. For the last eight years of her life she suffered from Alzheimer’s. By 2015 the symptoms were quite advanced. She received an ineffective treatment in a convalescent home and few months later she returned home to die.
Beauty Lives in Freedom
Gao Ertai, 83, lives with his wife Pu Xiaoyu in Las Vegas. Based on his personal experience of over 50 years under a totalitarian system, Gao Ertai’s works on aesthetics and alienation provide a piercing analysis of how an individual is coercively alienated and turned into a tool of a political regime. Driven by an ordinary man’s urge to be free, an oppressed body uses himself as an alienated tool to demonstrate that beauty is the symbol of freedom.
While preparing his film The Ditch, Wang Bing travelled to the Gobi Desert, to the exact same places where thousands of people lived and died in the “re-education- through-labour” camps set up by the communist regime in the late 1950’s. He shot scenes of desert and abandoned bones, which provide evidence of the events of those times buried until now.