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Wang Bing – China up close

Wang Bing is the winner of the 2017 EYE Art & Film Prize. Based on fragments from Wang Bing’s impressive oeuvre, former China correspondent Bettine Vriesekoop talks about the China portrayed by Wang. IFFR film programmer Gerwin Tamsma, who introduced Wang in the Netherlands, speaks about Wang’s approach as a filmmaker.

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A special event to mark the exhibition Hito Steyerl, Ben Rivers, Wang Bing - EYE Art & Film Prize

Wang Bing films China as it is rarely seen. The socially engaged filmmaker and visual artist is a keen observer of the changes taking place in Chinese society. Wang”s monumental films are often constructed on the basis of strikingly long takes, such as the single-shot documentary 15 Hours that follows workers in a clothing factory. He often spends long periods in sectors of the community, from the steel industry to garment sewing shops, giving us an intimate insight into the daily practice.

His humane films bring home the impact of these major changes on the Chinese working class and sheds light on China from the inside. Wang is an independent documentarian, operating outside the official channels. Although he communicates a clear political message, Wang Bing never forces his viewers to subscribe to his views. His superb and courageous work is layered with a multiplicity of meaning.

Former table tennis player, ex-China correspondent and author Bettine Vriesekoop talks about the China portrayed by Wang on the basis of fragments from Wang Bing”s impressive oeuvre. IFFR film programmer Gerwin Tamsma, who introduced Wang in the Netherlands, speaks about Wang”s approach as a filmmaker. The event is moderated by Sacha Bronwasser

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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.

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