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Art in the Twenty-First Century: Beijing

Art in the Twenty-First Century: Beijing

Vicky Du, Bryan Chang

United States | 2020 | 56 min
Chinese |
Subtitles: English
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A city with a history of more than two thousand years, Beijing has recently become the centre of shifting politics, rapid urbanization, and an economic boom, making it fertile ground for art and artists. Beginning in the late 1980s and continuing into the 1990s, a new generation of artists emerged in the city, marking the birth of contemporary art in China. Amid Beijing’s dizzying economic, urban, and cultural transformation, artists have responded to its relentless evolution with urgency and ambition, all the while contending with many centuries of Chinese cultural traditions. This film witnesses the maturing of a unique contemporary art hub and follows a multigenerational group of artists who grapple with memory, modernization, their roles in the global art world, and art’s place in their own ever-changing society.
Artecinema, Italy (2020)
Director Chang Bryan, Vicky Du
Production Vicky Du
Editing Bryan Chang
Cinematographer Bryan Chang

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Vicky Du

Vicky Du

Vicky Du is a Taiwanese-American filmmaker based in New York. Her short film Gaysians (Frameline Film Festival, 2016) screened at over 35 film festivals around the world, had a public television broadcast on KQED, and was distributed to over 1,000 middle and high school LGBTQ student groups. She has directed, produced, and edited digital and broadcast short documentaries for National Geographic, The New York Times, The History Channel, and The New Yorker. She is a worker-owner of Meerkat Media. Vicky is currently working on her first feature documentary with support from the Center for Asian American Media, Sundance, ITVS, Points North Institute, and Bay Area Video Coalition.

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Gaysians (2016)
Bryan Chang

Bryan Chang

Bryan Chang is a documentary film director, cinematographer, and editor whose films have been featured by The New York Times, National Geographic, TIME Magazine, The Atlantic, and MoMA; screened at the Sundance Film Festival; and distributed theatrically. His feature-length documentaries include Brasslands (director), Narco Cultura (editor), Dark Money (editor) and Island Soldier (producer/​editor). He is a co-owner of Meerkat Media, a cooperatively-run production company specializing in both independent feature documentaries and commissioned work, that have broadcast on HBO, PBS and CNN.

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Dark Money (2018)
Island Soldier (2017)
Brasslands (2013)
Narco Cultura (2013)

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