Future Greats: Hao Jingban

selected by Aimee Lin. From the Summer issue of ArtReview Asia

By Aimee Lin

Hao Jingban, Off Takes, 2016, HD single-channel video, 21 min 18 sec, edition of 5 + AP (English and Chinese subtitles). Courtesy the artist and Blindspot Gallery, Hong Kong Hao Jingban, I Can’t Dance, 2015, HD four-channel video, 34 min 2 sec, edition of 5 + AP. Courtesy the artist and Blindspot Gallery, Hong Kong Hao Jingban, An Afternoon Ball, 2013, HD single-channel video, 25 min 21 sec, edition of 5 + AP. Courtesy the artist and Blindspot Gallery, Hong Kong

Influenced by Chris Marker and Harun Farocki, Hao Jingban sees moving images as a means of reaching into history and travelling from the present to the past, playing, along the way, with the distance and relationship between her subjects and herself. In the four-part Beijing Ballroom (2012–16), her recently finished research project on the ballroom-dance culture in Chinese socialist history since the 1950s, Hao employed various methods to produce images and build narratives. In Little Dance (2012), for example, she…

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