From Jean-Paul Sartre to Teresa Teng: Contemporary Cantonese Art in the 1980s

When 19 Feb 2013
6:30PM - 8:00PM
Where Australian National University
Australian Centre on China in the World, ANU College of Asia and the Pacific, Law Link Lecture Theatre (7)
Canberra 0200
Enquiry +61 2 6125 7088

Image courtesy of the artist

Tuesday, February 19 2013, 6:30pm – 8:00pm

Press Release:

Film Screening followed by a talk with the film’s director Jane DeBevoise

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.

This film forms part of a major research and website project entitled Materials of the Future: Documenting Contemporary Chinese Art from 1980-1990. All materials collected in conjunction with this project, which was launched in Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai, and New York in the fall of 2010, are publicly accessible at Asia Art Archive in Hong Kong. A portion of these materials is also available on Asia Art Archive’s dedicated website

CIW and Asia Art Archive are pleased to present From Jean-Paul Sartre to Teresa Teng: Contemporary Cantonese Art in the 1980s, a documentary film about the development of contemporary art in Southern China in the 1980s. The screening will be followed by a Q&A session and discussion with Jane DeBevoise, Chair of Asia Art Archive in Hong Kong and New York.

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