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An Afternoon Ball 下午場
An Afternoon Ball 下午場
An Afternoon Ball 下午場

An Afternoon Ball下午場

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An Afternoon Ball tries various approaches to apply image as means of narrating history. An Afternoon Ball is an observation and documentation of the ballroom. In the mean time of representing a regular ball, it attempts to present the abstract space formed by the dancers in the ballroom, their spatial relationships, the directions of their lines of sight, eye contact, as well as the psychological relationship amongst them. In these weaving of individual and collective portraits, in what shapes will the memories and history show themselves up?

下午場意圖對舞廳進行觀察和紀錄,在再現一場平常的舞會的同時,也試圖呈現其中由人構成的抽象空間 -他們之間空間關係、視線關係、心理關係。在這些編織的個體肖像和群像中,記憶與歷史最終以何種方式出現?

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Hao Jingban (b. 1985, Shanxi Province, China) works with film and video to investigate the historical distance between the present viewer and a certain era in the past. In her research-based practice, the artist conducts historical investigation, archival research, field study, personal interviews, and live performances. From the ballroom dancing in Beijing before and after the Cultural Revolution, to the films of North-eastern China from the 1930s, the artist weaves together complex historical narratives, social movements and cultural commentary against the ambivalence and silence of the bygone era.

Hao’s solo exhibitions include “Hao Jingban: Opus One” (Matadero Madrid, Madrid, Spain, 2020); “Silent Speech” (OCAT Xi’an, Xi’an, China, 2019); “New Directions: Hao Jingban” (Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China, 2016); and “Over-Romanticism” (Taikang Space, Beijing, China, 2016). Her works have been exhibited in institutions and biennales, including Rockbund Art Museum (Shanghai, 2019); Guangdong Times Museum (Guangzhou, 2018 & 2019); Centre Pompidou (Paris, 2017 & 2019); Museum of Fine Arts (Boston, 2018); “FRONT International: Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art” (Cleveland, 2018); 11th Shanghai Biennale (Shanghai, 2016); Kuandu Museum of Fine Art (Taipei, 2016); Museum of Contemporary Art (Hiroshima, 2016); Minsheng Art Museum (Beijing, 2015); and Jewish Museum (New York, 2014). Prizes and awards include the Huayu Youth Award Grand Jury Prize (2016), the Young Artist of the Year award at the 11th Award of Art China (2017), the International Critics’ Prize at the 63rd Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen (2017), and the Han Nefkens Foundation – ArcoMadrid Video Art Award (2019). Hao’s works are in the collection of the M+ (Hong Kong), Centre Pompidou (Paris, France) and the Power Station of Art (Shanghai, China). In 2020, the artist will be based in Berlin for the DAAD Artists-in-Berlin residency programme.

Hao currently lives and works in Beijing, China.


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