Wang Bing, a man alone facing China

22.01.2022

Saturday January 22, 2022 at 6:00 p.m. at the Centre de la photographie Genève

Free access

 

 

Speakers:

 

Dominique Païni – critic and curator of the “Wang Bing – The Walking Eye” exhibition

Bertrand Bacqué – HES associate professor at the cinema department of HEAD

“Discovered in 2004 with Tiexi Qu (West of the Tracks), Wang Bing is a member of the sixth generation of Chinese filmmakers to emerge after Tiananmen. Driven by the digital revolution of the 2000s, he has always worked discreetly, without authorization, alone or with a very small team. From documentary to installation, by way of fiction, he tirelessly documents those left behind by China’s modernization and those forgotten by history, giving us so many “monuments”.

Black Movie hosts the “Wang Bing, The Walking Eye” exhibition and, on this occasion, curator Dominique Païni will join us to discuss the creation of this immersive installation and explore more in depth the filmmaker’s works.“ Bertrand Bacqué


Artist file

Wang Bing * 1967 in Xi'an, Shaanxi, People's Republic of China, lives in Beijing, People's Republic of China

Wang Bing was born in 1967 in Xi’an, China. After studying photography at the Lu Xun School of Fine Arts and then at the Beijing Film Academy (BFA), he worked in television for a while before starting his career as a freelance filmmaker. He reveals himself to the public with WEST OF THE TRACKS (1999-2003), a 9-hour trilogy that traces the decline of a vast dormant industrial site located near Shenyang in the northeast. east of China. The film has received numerous awards and disti [...]

Wang Bing was born in 1967 in Xi’an, China. After studying photography at the Lu Xun School of Fine Arts and then at the Beijing Film Academy (BFA), he worked in television for a while before starting his career as a freelance filmmaker. He reveals himself to the public with WEST OF THE TRACKS (1999-2003), a 9-hour trilogy that traces the decline of a vast dormant industrial site located near Shenyang in the northeast. east of China. The film has received numerous awards and distinctions, including the Grand Prize of the International Documentary Film Festival in Marseille, the Robert and Frances Flaherty Prize of the Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival in Japan and the Grand Prize of the Lisbon International Documentary Film Festival. This first work establishes Wang Bing as a prominent figure in contemporary Chinese cinema.

He then directed numerous documentary films such as FENGMING, A CHINESE MEMOIR (2007), THREE SISTERS (2012), ‘TIL MADNESS DO US PART (2013), TA’ANG (2016), BITTER MONEY (2016), and DEAD SOULS (2018), as well as a fiction, JIABIANGOU (2010). These films are all presented at international festivals, in Cannes, Venice, Berlin, or Locarno, where he won the Golden Leopard in 2017 for his film MRS. FANG. At the same time, Wang Bing engages in the creation of video installations such as MAN WITH NO NAME (2009), CRUDE OIL (2008), 15 HOURS (2017), BEAUTY LIVES IN FREEDOM (2019).

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