'THIS IS CHINA OF A PARTICULAR SORT, I DO NOT KNOW'
Asymmetry, 102a Albion Drive, London E8 4LY
Screening of ‘This is China of a particular sort, I do not know’ (2020, 34’) and ‘Another beautiful dream’ (2022, 14’) by artist Clare Chun-yu Liu, followed by an in-person conversation with Yuhang Zhang, Asymmetry PhD Scholar at Goldsmiths.
Set and made respectively in the Royal Pavilion Brighton and Harewood House, the two films feature historical individuals from Britain, China, and Taiwan, and the artist herself. The cast elaborates their views on the chinoiserie collections in situ based on their lived experiences. The conversations and monologues explore the representation of Chineseness as a visual language in the historic artefacts.
Following the screening, Yuhang Zhang will present his recently published short story ‘Boda Chen, the First and Last Dracologist’ on opium, live burials, and colonialism, tracing a clandestine thread to the dark side of history. Drawing on their shared interests, Clare and Yuhang will discuss the use of text, film script, and fictional ethnography in the postcolonial project of reviewing history, as well as working with cultural heritage in cross-cultural and Sino-British settings.
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