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Slow Motion 慢鏡頭
Slow Motion 慢鏡頭

Slow Motion慢鏡頭

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Slow Motion is a new film work by Hao Jingban. Before this work was filmed last year, a tragic fire had raged in a Beijing apartment building of migrant workers killing 19 people on November 18. What followed was just as sudden, a mass-eviction of residents and workers situated in countless ‘unsafe’ buildings across the capital. Images of the newly homeless soon spread across social media just as swiftly as the action to simultaneously displace a mass group of people in one winter. While the questioning of causes relay online, the simple gesture of an artist to look and go to where these events are becomes just as urgent. The film is structured as a montage of found footages of slow shots of violent impacts on objects and humanoid dummies, soundtrack of buoyant jazz improvisation, slow shots of evicted dwellers gathering their belongings, and the artist’s narrative voiceover. The resultant mélange of sensation is a clamorous cacophony of choreographed chaos, in a way letting viewers experience the slow violence embodied in the moving images. Using footage filmed as the initial events began to unfold, Slow Motion is a personal response that explores methods of perceiving this event and the complicated issues of doing so.



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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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