On Tuesday 14 July Brighton’s Fabrica will be hosting another FREE screening courtesy of UK artists’ film platform videoclub and Hong Kong based video art organisation, Videotage. On the agenda this time is Both Sides Now, a collection of artists’ films from China and Hong Kong exploring nationhood, individuality and power. The screening starts at 7 pm, and will be held at the Friends’ Meeting House on Ship Street. Tickets are free, however advance booking is required.
Both Sides Now explores the differences and connections between the UK, China and Hong Kong. While some films explore the civil disobedience campaign Occupy Central, a pressure group asking the Chinese government for electoral reform, others explore universally relevant societal themes such as the sex industry, urbanisation and immigration. The focus of Both Sides Now is to bring together artworks that investigate and respond to both past and present political and cultural events such as Hong Kong’s Umbrella Revolution, and the handover of Hong Kong to China.
For Jamie Wyld, director of videoclub, Both Sides Now is an exciting, and extremely pertinent portrayal of contemporary society. He says ‘All of the artists selected for this year’s Both Sides Now programme use thoughtful, challenging and provocative approaches to explore the implications of wealth creation, capitalism and its proposed decline, and what they mean for the individual. It’s a hugely relevant subject for us as a global community.’
Both Sides Now is curated and produced by UK based videoclub and Hong Kong based Videotage with the aim of opening up a dialogue between Chinese, Hong Kong and British films artists; to reinterpret the experience of the here and now for both cultures. A wider programme of activity will take place in the UK, China and Hong Kong, including an exhibition and residency at the Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art, and a programme of activity in Shanghai, Wuhan and Hong Kong.
Both Sides Now will be screened at Fabrica@Friends’ Meeting House, Brighton at 7pm on Tue 14 July. Advance booking required.
Feature image screenshot by Birdy Chu. Image in text screenshot by Wong Ping.