Wang Bing / CN, 2017 / 86 min.
This poignant portrait of an old lady dying in a small village in China was awarded the Golden Leopard at Locarno. Wang Bing is winner of the EYE Art & Film Prize, which is currently the subject of an exhibition at EYE.
Mrs Fang is slowly dying in a small room somewhere in a village in southern China, and nobody seems to care but Wang Bing and his camera. As Mrs Fang is slowly drifting away, her relatives and neighbours keep on talking. They”re mainly busy making money, or talk about making some more, they smoke and play games on their phones. They”re talking about Mrs Fang as if she”s already a thing of the past.
Director Wang Bing tries to find traces of humanity in this intimate documentary. At the same time he evokes an ominous image of a traditional culture destroyed by materialism. With his radical and moving film, Wang also expands the horizon of his own work.
Hito Steyerl, Ben Rivers, Wang Bing - EYE Art & Film Prize
The intersection between film and visual art is an important focus of exhibition policy at Eye. To underline this, Eye and the Paddy and Joan Leigh Fermor Arts Fund launched an annual prize in 2015 to promote new work by an artist/filmmaker who is making an important contribution to this interdisciplinary field.