China Institute Film Screening: Dong
18 Jan 2011
6:30PM - 8:00PM
125 East 65th Street
New York, NY 10065
Dong (JIA Zhangke, 70 min., 2006, Mandarin, Sichuan dialect & Thai with English subtitles); Courtesy of the artist and China Institute
Tuesday, January 18 ~ 6:30 – 8 PM
$5 member / $8 non-member
Dong, directed by Jia Zhangke and released in 2006, is the second of the director’s artist-focused documentaries. The film follows the artist, Liu Xiaodong, as he paints the faces and forms of marginalized workers from China and Thailand on the canvas. The film begins in China, as Liu paints the members of the demolition crew in the city of Fengjie (by the Yangzi River), in preparation of the Three-Gorges Dam project. Viewers are then transported with the artist to Bangkok, Thailand, where he again paints workers but who are instead employed in the sex industry. Jia captures the essence of the artist in his pursuit to depict the often faceless “disposable” members of society. Screened at the Venice International Film Festival (among others), Dong is a canonical film as it delves into the many issues Liu’s subjects must face in daily life.
Liu Xiaodong is a world renowned artist, whose work is featured in the blockbuster exhibition Fresh Ink: Ten Takes on Chinese Tradition at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, on view until February 13, 2011.
Popcorn and refreshments will be served. Seating is LIMITED.
Please visit www.chinainstitute.org/art-culture/programs-events/films for tickets.