From Jean-Paul Sartre to Teresa Teng: Contemporary Cantonese Art in the 1980s
Written, directed, and produced by Asia Art Archive
(Chinese with English subtitles)
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 from Hong Kong to Guangdong at the end of the Cultural Revolution. Based on primary research, rare film footage, and personal interviews with key artists, this documentary bears witness to the reading fever that gripped the Chinese art world in the 1980s. The experimentalism and verve of artists and critics in South China made long lasting contributions to the development of contemporary art in China.
Discussants: Jane DeBevoise, chair of the Asia Art Archive, and Eugene Wang, Harvard University
Location: CGIS South, Belfer Case Study Room (S020), 1730 Cambridge Street, Harvard University