Chinese Realities/Documentary Visions

Amid China’s epochal transformations over the last two decades, new documentary aesthetics emerged, as the overwhelming cultural and societal challenges caused by China’s transition to a free-market economy compelled professional and amateur filmmakers alike to capture new realities on screen.

Art Exhibition previously on at The Museum of Modern Art - MoMA in New York, United States.
From Wednesday 08 May 2013 to Saturday 01 June 2013

Petition image Old Dog image Old Dog image 24 City image Bumming in Beijing image China Villagers Documentary Project image Huang Weikai image Fuck Cinema image No. 16 Barkhor South Street image Out of Phoenix Bridge image Oxhide II image San Yuan Li image Some Actions Which Haven’t Been Defined Yet image Tape image The Other Bank image The Questioning image The Satiated Village image There’s a Strong Wind in Beijing image Though I Am Gone image

Published by MOMA on Monday 06 May 2013.
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Working largely outside the state media apparatus, pioneer filmmakers like Wu Wenguang, Zhang Yuan, and Duan Jinchuan provided bracing alternative visions of both society and filmmaking, with an ethos based on direct observation of reality and uncensored personal expression. This newfound fascination with unbridled realism also informed the work of filmmakers as disparate as Zhang Yimou and Jia Zhangke and artists like Ai Weiwei and Ou Ning. The proliferation of the “reality aesthetic” has led to more complex notions of what reality means and how it is represented.

This series aims to reflect the evolution of documentary practice in China over the past 25 years, revealing the growth and ever-increasing influence of nonfiction film and media. The selections, encompassing a wide expanse of Chinese film and media, including state-approved productions, underground amateur videos, and Web-based Conceptual art, provide a vivid look into a society in perpetual transformation. Some screenings will be presented by the filmmakers and scholars.

Organized by Sally Berger, Assistant Curator, Department of Film, The Museum of Modern Art, and Kevin B. Lee, independent curator and Vice President, Programming and Education, dGenerate Films.