Both Sides Now 2: It was the Best of Times, It was the Worst of Times?
Exhibition at Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art, Manchester, 25 Sept – 6 Dec 2015
Both Sides Now 2 attempts, through moving image works, to explore national identity and culture, and to raise questions about both China & Hong Kong and the UK. Comparisons between both countries arise – revolution and referendum, richness and austerity, lions and tigers. And unicorns.
The programme at CFCCA includes work by: David Blandy, Birdy Chu, Lucy Clout, Lu Yang, Rachel Maclean, Map Office, Ellen Pau, Wong Ping, Daniel Shanken, Ben Rivers.
Both Sides Now 2 – It was the Best of Times, it was the Worst of Times? is the second phase of a long-term project that proposes (historical) re-readings of artists’ moving image from Hong Kong, China and the UK. By selecting video works of art, animations and documentary films, produced by Hong Kong and UK artists from 1989 to 2015, the project will reinterpret the experience of here and now by looking into the potentially excluded and forgotten moving images of Hong Kong.
In the new edition, videoclub (UK) and Videotage (HK) bring together internationally-recognised artists from the fields of video and film during a several month-long programme from June – August 2015. To build on the ideas posited from the success of Both Sides Now – Somewhere between Hong Kong and the UK, 15 arts organisations in the UK, China and Hong Kong will take part in various extensive screenings, exhibitions and artists-in-residence programmes.
Opening date and times: 24 September 2015, 6:00pm – 8:30pm
Exhibition dates: 25 September – 6 December 2015
Address: Market Buildings, 13 Thomas St, Manchester M4 1EU
CFCCA website: http://www.cfcca.org.uk
The exhibition has been curated by videoclub (UK) and Videotage (Hong Kong) in collaboration with CFCCA. It is supported by CFCCA, Arts Council England, and Hong Kong Arts Development Council.