UK-China Contemporary Culture Festival
Streaming now for free on the Chinese Visual Festival website until 21 October, with exclusive live Zoom events
CVF is partnering with the British Council China to present Chinese contemporary arts and culture as part of the #ConnectedbyCreativity UK-China Contemporary Culture Festival, addressing Sustainability, Inclusion diversity and Gender Equality
CVF is excited to be partnering with the British Council China on #ConnectedByCreativity - an inaugural online festival for cultural and creative exchange between China and the UK. Around 50 cultural institutions from both countries have provided digital content that forms more than 75 individual cultural projects, most of which were created during the pandemic when restrictions were in place and will be shown for the first time in each country respectively in October. The festival celebrates the power of arts and culture in uniting people it will help to increase and strengthen collaboration between artists and cultural institutions from China and the UK as both recover from the impact of the pandemic and it will introduce new work to wider audiences in China and in the UK.
In celebrating and showcasing the rich cultural and creative talents from China and the UK that has been developed since the start of the pandemic, the #ConnectedByCreativity programme covers a wide range of fascinating themes including Gender Equality, Sustainability, Creative Ageing, Inclusion and UK/China Collaboration.
As part of #ConnectedbyCreativity UK-China Contemporary Culture Festival, join us for Transformative moments: Reconnecting, an exclusive live conversation event between artist Pu Yingwei and curator Michael Guo.
Time: 12 noon, Thursday 15 October
Venue: Zoom (event link will be emailed to attendees)
The event is FREE, and attendees can register via the Eventbrite link
A conversation between Michael Guo and Pu Yingwei at his studio in Beijing
Artist Pu YingWei was born in 1989 in China. He studied in France and experienced Europe at a time of turbulence during the terrorist attacks. Yingwei’s parents work within the official Chinese system, and his uncle is an engineer who works for an aid construction project in Africa, through this lens Pu YingWei has experienced international cultures from a very unique perspective and it is this that has influenced some of the ideas and themes he explores in his work.
Yingwei became very interested in how ideas and cultures collide and connect, he is interested in colonialism in France and in exploring the history of individuality and diversity its source and limitations. Yingwei believes that individual experience and memory play an essential part of making us who we are, and it is important to be authentic and express these thoughts through creative means so we can grow the knowledge we have of others and of ourselves. This unique perspective can sometimes produce sensitive questions about tricky issues in the world. As a result, his narrative approach presents a web of complexity, writing, imaging, collecting, research, painting, performance, etc. interwoven with a series of very current topics, including geopolitics, post-colonialism, and the clash of ideologies.
The COVID-19 epidemic in 2020 has opened many topics of discussion about our understanding of our state of being. The world has never been so divided and yet strangely connected too, in terms of dialogue about issues related to race culture and identity. Artists are the great watchers and observers of society and through this time of a global pandemic, Yingwei has been reflecting more deeply on issues that have come to the surface. How do artists respond in a world where populism and anti-globalization perspectives are on the rise? How does individual history occur and survive in human history? What is the role of the artist now in terms of responding to these complex issues in our global society and how do these issues appear when viewing them through the perspective of living in East Asia?
During Black History Month and as part of the #ConnectedByCreativity UK- China Contemporary Culture Festival, we will visit the Studio of Artist Pu YingWei in Beijing for a live Q&A with Curator Michael Guo. The artist will talk about his work with Michael and there will be opportunity to engage in a discussion about themes related to the relationship between the individual and society and the world through his artistic practice.
Please note the discussion will take place in Chinese with live English Interpretation.
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