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Eastern Standard Western Artists in China

  • Archive, Archive Exhibitions, Exhibition

  • February 2, 2008 - February 16, 2009

February 2008: A rising superpower, China has captured the world’s attention as well as that of an array of international artists and filmmakers. With a booming factory culture re-shaping the country’s economy and monumental building projects transforming Shanghai’s now-familiar skyline, the new China is provoking both excitement and anxiety in the West.

While most of our perspectives on the enormous changes happening there come from limited news sources, Eastern Standard: Western Artists in China offered a look at China through a different lens.The exhibition featured a range of works by artists addressing the complex issues facing China in the wake of industrialization and globalization — as well as their reverberations in the West. Works by Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla, Patty Chang, and Catherine Yass, among others, were included in the exhibition. Yass’ monumental video installation Lock, for example, takes viewers on a journey through a lock of the colossal Three Gorges Dam, one of the most celebrated and most controversial projects in China’s new development and a symbol of the conflicting opinions about China’s future.

Eastern Standard Featured Documentaries
China Blue by Micha X. Peled
The Wise Cat Catches Mice by Nene Grignaffini and Francesco Conversano
Metropolis, Report From China by Clemens von Wedemeyer and Maya Schweizer
Wasted Orient by Kevin Fritz
Losers and Winner by Ulrike Franke & Michael Loeken
Metropolis, Report From China by Clemens von Wedemeyer and Maya Schweizer
SARS: A Love Story and Taian Lu, both by Mathieu Borysevicz
China Blue by Micha X. Peled, Press Release

Eastern Standard: Western Artists in China was supported by the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, the W.L.S. Spencer Foundation, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, the British Council, and Mondriaan Stichting.

Catherine Yass, Lock, 2006
Two simultaneous projections of 16mm film transferred to HD-Mpeg digital files, with sound, 9 minutes 44 seconds