News | Wang Bing participates "China⇋Africa"at Centre Pompidou

Magician Space is pleased to announce Wang Bing’s participation in the exhibition “China ⇋ Africa” at Centre Pompidou, which exhibits his latest film work "Scenes, Part I, Lagos". 

China ⇋ Africa
4 Mar 2020 - 18 May 2020
Centre Pompidou, Paris, France 

Should the China ⇋ Africa connection be seen as a form of total emancipation from colonialism or as the expression of a new relationship based on domination? The “China ⇋ Africa” exhibition examines the real and imaginary spaces resulting from this dialogue, which were first constructed within a framework of Marxist ideology and colonial and then decolonial history. It is an implicit interrogation of Western history. 

The exhibition sets out to outline theories of Sino-African encounters, from shared imagery of struggles to the configuration of transcultural or globalized identity. It questions certain economic (through the works of François-Xavier Gbré, Pratchaya Phinthong and Yonamine) and social transformations born of this relationship (Wang Bing, Anawana Haloba, Marie Voignier), as well as unleashing critical imagination (Musquiqui Chihying, Kiluanji Kia Henda, Binelde Hyrcan).

To this possible constitution of a collective memory is added a series of personal narratives in the films of Marie Voignier and Wang Bing, respectively observing the trajectories of a community of Cameroonian shopkeepers and a Nigerian migrant in Guangzhou.

Scenes, Part I, Lagos, installation view

Title: Scenes, Part I, Lagos
Artist: WANG Bing
Duration: maximum 60 minutes
Producers: KONG Lihong, QU Kejie, WANG Yang 
With the support of Beijing 798 Art Foundation and Centre Pompidou
Courtesy of Magician Space, Beijing 
Courtesy of Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris

                                                                   Scenes, Part I, Lagos,film still

Scenes, Part I, Lagos,film still

Scenes, Part I, Lagos,film still

Artist’s Statement
I met Kingsley while shooting Scenes in Guangzhou (China), and we eventually followed him to Lagos, his home in Nigeria. I knew nothing about Africa before this visit and was very curious about life there, while the local people, for their part, were unsure what to make of this outsider who had come to film them. 
During my visit to Lagos, I happened to meet some Chinese people with businesses there in catering, oil and mining, and financing platforms. 
Every day in Lagos, thousands of green-helmeted motorbike taxi-couriers provide a busy shuttle and delivery service through the streets and alleys of the city, reminiscent of similar promotional services found in Chinese cities. 
In the last few years, Kingsley has made several trips between Lagos and Guangzhou, hoping to find business opportunities buying Chinese goods for his wife to sell in their shop in Ikotun. 
Jan. 2020 Guangzhou

Scenes, Part I, Lagos,film still

Scenes are the first chapter of Wang Bing's filmic exploration into the ongoing and nuanced exchanges between China and Africa.  It began with Wang's encounter with Kingsley, he moved between his hometown Lagos and Guangzhou in search of business opportunities. Intrigued by Kingsley's experiences, Wang decided to go and film in Lagos even though he was unsure if his outsider status would become an intrusive force. Yet, once there, the scenery of waves of green-helmeted motorbike couriers providing shuttle and delivery service through the busy streets and alleys of the city offered Wang a sense of familiarity, which allowed him to capture the daily lives of Kingsley and others in this otherwise foreign land.

Curator Yung Ma

Scenes, Part I, Lagos,film still

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 recognized 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 recognized as one of the most important Chinese artists, documentary makers and film directors of his time, Wang Bing has been honored 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 the 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).

Courtesy the artist, Magician Space and Galerie Chantal Crousel