Art in Smog offers an intimate encounter with four artists and a curator in China. Vivid art merges with thoughtful voices to evoke the human search for meaning. Featured are international artists Su Xinping and Xia Xiaowan, painter and antiques connoisseur Mushi, brash curator Cui Cancan, and painter Chen Hui, who expresses a woman’s sense of self in a challenging world.

Their pursuit of art takes them from quiet dreams in the 1990s to the extremes of the 2000s to their different paths forward today. Their lives and their work provide a visually rich glimpse of humanity in a tumultuous society. Footage from 1991 and 2016 documents China’s transformation.

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The two documentaries Inner Visions: Avant-Garde Art in China (1993) and Art in Smog (2018) visually evidence the changing physical, economic, and intellectual environment in Beijing over 25 years. They provide a unique platform for discussing the quandaries of China’s economic boom, through art. For free classroom streaming in 2020-21, please contact us.

2018 / HD / 76 minutes / Mandarin with English subtitles
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