Long March––A Walking Visual Display, 2003

The video documentation of Long March––A Walking Visual Display provided a vivid angle to give shape of various planned or spontaneous artistic engagement with the 12 sites along the historical route of Red Army’s Long March (1934-35). Among them, on site works contributed by the artists in and beyond China, the local contemporary and folk artists’ contribution along the visit, the screenings and discussions of moving image or text based oeuvres, and international conferences on visual cultures. The project propels the thinking and conversation produced through practice and marching.

 

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Long March Project––The Great Survey of Paper-cutting in Yanchuan County (Meeting), 2004

By investigating into the cultural condition of rural area, The Great Survey of Paper-cutting in Yanchuan County is at once a project of art and that of social engineering. It mobilizes contemporary artists and local government cadres in arts and cultures to go down to the countryside, surveying the county’s population on the general public literacy of paper-cutting. Its result is a large scale visual display upon the condition of so-called folk art, and it can be seen as samples for sociological and anthropological analysis.

 

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Long March Project––The Great Survey of Paper-cutting in Yanchuan County (Singing), 2004

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Long March Project––Yang Shaobin: 800 Meters Under (Above the Ground), 2006

800 Meters Under is the first stage of the artistic research entitled Long March Project––Yang Shaobin Coal Mine Projects. The projects delves into the collective memory that sprung across the industrialisation and social growth in China. As part of the Long March Project, the research idiosyncratically contemplates the nodes that connect contemporary Chinese culture, social development and the sense of history.

 

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Long March Collective, The Harlem School of New Social Realism, 2007

At the Studio Museum in Harlem, international artists and scholars of African and Asian descent came together to discuss issues of political activism and revolutionary acts in both China and the United States and the broader global arena. For this event, approximately 20 participants gathered together for a provocative and performative dialogue to negotiate the possibility of a new dimension of social realism connected to the production of contemporary art today. Harlem School of New Social Realism was initiated by artist Zhao Gang in his home in Harlem during the summer of 2002, and was expanded for Performa 07.

 

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Long March Project––Ho Chi Minh Trail, 2010

Through walking and thinking, Long March Project––Ho Chi Minh Trail attempts to map out the disguised spaces that reveal the political economics of visual culture. The geographical and historical complexities of the Ho Chi Minh Trail make the route an ideal metaphor for engaging with and constructing a new inter-relational reality between the communities in Southeast Asia, and China.

 

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