A multimedia, cinematic exhibit exploring Tiananmen and its aftermath opens at London’s Hundred Years Gallery tomorrow. In My Tiananmen: The Polyphonic History, classic films such as Lou Ye’s Summer Palace and newer pieces like Shu Haolun’s No. 89 Shimen Road will be complemented by artist Francis Chen’s original work, including her short film Fireworks of 1989. From the website remotegoat:
The exhibition is about the notion of history—Tiananmen as a drastic exemplification—which is experienced by individuals, later resides in personal memories, and of which the emotional overtones transform across generations. To shed light on the dialogue and dialectic of the cross-generational memories and its representation in films and videos, the exhibition is conceived in a polyphonic manner. Each of the three parts stands for a passage of perceiving or comprehending history as part of our lives, distinct yet contrapuntal to each other. Altogether they form a texture which reflects the complex of the relations between history and the persons who made and are made by it.
Originally scheduled for just two days, the exhibit will now run through September 27. More information about the video installation, film screening and live events that comprise the exhibition is available from My Tiananmen’s Tumblr site.