Remaining Images

  • Artist: Wang Bing

    Date: Apr. 18 - May. 8, 2020(Privateview:Apr. 18,2020)

    Remaining Images

    Magician Space will present a special program ‘Remaining Images’ by Wang Bing, from April 18th to May 8th. In 2017, 51 photos of ‘Remaining Images’ were exhibited as the visual image section of Documenta 14. 

    This collection includes 102 photos in both black-and-white and color, which were taken by Wang Bing at Tiexi District, Shenyang City, Liao Ning Province, China, from 1994 to 2001. This collection represents some sort of memory preserved by individuals, it does not belong to society nor the general history. It's not a kind of elaboration from the perspective of society, but the individuals’ remaining memory that accumulated gradually through the images.  

    Plenty of photographs that I took during the shooting of my early documentaries have been lost in years of constant migration and life-shifting, which makes it impossible for me to sort out a more sophisticated photo album.

    Tracing back to the hundred more years history of the photo, it seems to be more as the record of unpremeditated instants in life and particular rituals of individuals, which rooted in the relations between visual images and most people. These fractured photos provide lingering memory as individuals' time goes by - perplexity, happiness, and sorrow will never once more in the images, but the sensible possibility of revisiting the life will be granted to us. Human memory is always fragmentary, with abstract transcend time and space. But it has been relatively concreteness and accessible since photos come to our life. 

    ‘Preciousness’ is resulted from the lost and the impossible reshaping. Therefore, personal photo album/collection is the most precious accompaniment for everyone in a past life. There are moments that people would be immersed in their photographs, to appreciate the ineffable perplexities. I shot many children and elders at factories and surrounding living quarters of Tie Xi Qu (Tiexi District). Many years after, the children are middle-aged and the elders are passed away. Their homes are demolished to new blocks, yet their faces remain unchanged. Photos I took of them remind me of my confusion and lingers towards art as well as my personal life back to those days.
    The birth of the photo affords a symbol of documented information paralleling with the word. A photo could be serviced for art, but its nature of documentation above all others. It can be used to express the conceptual meanings, as well as approaching to convey personal emotion. Nevertheless, it has been always engaged with the information which is documented and transmitted in the broader context of social and personal life. Since the digital photograph has come to the life of most people, photo embodies its function as a symbol of documentation in our everyday life, its essence of documentation is more and more efficient. Consequently, we could no longer live without photos - this kind of symbol of documentation.

    Wang Bing 
    15 April, 2020

    About The Artist

    Born in Xi’an, Shaanxi Province, China, in 1967, Wang Bing studied photography at the Lu Xun Academy of Fine Art and cinematography at Beijing Film Academy. He began his career as an independent filmmaker in 1999. Officially released in 2003, West of Tracks (Tiexi Qu), an enormous documentary work of over 9 hours, garnered enormous international success. In addition to his feature documentaries (Three Sisters/San Zimei, ’Til Madness Do Us Part/Fengai), he is also active in video installation (Crude Oil/Yuanyou, a 14-hour film), fiction film (Brutality Factory/Baoli Gongchang, The Ditch/Jiabiangou), and photography.

    Wang Bing’s work has been selected for major international film festivals, including Cannes Film Festival, Venice International Film Festival, Berlin International Film Festival and International Film Festival Rotterdam. Several of his films have been recognised with international awards, including the “Golden Leopard” award at the 70th Locarno Film Festival, the award for Best Film in “Orizzonti” at the 69th Venice International Film Festival for Three Sisters (2012), Prize-winner, La Résidence, Cinéfondation of Cannes Film Festival (2004), French National Order of Merit (Légion d’honneur) (2006). His documentaries have been released in theatres around the world. Acclaimed by critics and recognised as one of the most important Chinese artists, documentary makers and film directors of his time, Wang Bing has been honoured with retrospectives in museums, including the Centre Pompidou in Paris and the Cinémathèque Royale de Belgique in Brussels. In 2016, Wang Bing had a solo exhibition “Wang Bing: Three Portraits” at CCA Wattis Institute, San Francisco. In 2017, Wang Bing was rewarded  2017 EYE Art and Film Prize in Netherlands and participated in Documenta 14 in Athens, Greece and Kassel, Germany.

    Wang Bing’s films have been exhibited and collected by several significant international institutes, such as Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, The Centre Pompidou, M+, 798 Contemporary Museum, National Museum of Contemporary Art (EMST) and Centre national des arts plastiques (CNAP).

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