Asia Art Archive Film Screening with Jane DeBevoise and Lin Yilin

When 21 Feb 2013
Where International Room Sterling Memorial Library
120 High Street
New Haven, CT 06520
United States
Enquiry 203-432-1771.


Thursday, February 21 2013,  4-6pm

Press Release:

From Jean-Paul Sartre to Teresa Teng: Contemporary Cantonese Art in the 1980s is a documentary film about the development of contemporary art in Southern China in the 1980s. The film is approximately 50 minutes.

The screening will be presented by Jane DeBevoise, Chair of Asia Art Archive and Lin Yilin, artist and a founder of the Big-Tail-Elephant Group, followed by a Fireside Chat moderated by Nancy Yao Maasbach, Executive Director of Yale-China Association.

The 1980s was a seminal period in the history of contemporary art in China. However, the contribution and experimentalism of the art scene in South China, particularly in Guangzhou and Shenzhen, have generally been overlooked. But due in part to the proximity of Hong Kong, western ideas from translated books and articles as well as popular culture in the form of TV shows and Canto pop, flooded over the border to Guangdong at the end of the Cultural Revolution. This influx of new ideas and popular culture sparked great excitement, debate, and experimentation in the arts.

Based on primary research, rare film footage, and personal interviews with key artists, this documentary bears witness not only to the reading fever that gripped the Chinese art world in the 1980s. It also highlights the experimentalism and verve of artists and critics in South China whose contributions to the development of contemporary art have been long lasting and deep.

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