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Miasma, Plants, Export Paintings: A Screening with Bo Wang
Triple Canopy and Asia Art Archive in America present a virtual screening of recent works by the artist and filmmaker Bo Wang. The works deal with colonial-era exchanges between the United States, Britain, and China, contrasting them with contemporary scenes of international commerce, as characterized by industrial ports and special economic zones. Wang examines the nineteenth-century trade in opium, lacquerware, and indigenous plants, among other goods, which linked the three nations and was commonly depicted in paintings and ceramics of the time; later, these exchanges were taken up by Hollywood in movies like "Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing" (1955) and "Tai-Pan" (1986).

In his films, Wang considers the spatial reorderings and epistemological reclassifications accompanying the West’s imperial incursions—as well as the immense profits garnered, particularly through the opium trade. With an eye to the reverberations of these encounters in the present, Wang asks how people understand themselves and others through the circulation of goods, the filming of fictions, and the invention of systems to contain and categorize the wares, tales, and peoples of foreign nations.

The virtual screening will be followed by a discussion with Wang and Triple Canopy senior editor Matthew Shen Goodman.

Jan 30, 2022 01:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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