China, France, 2014, digital archive, sound, b/w, 29’
Venice 70: Future Reloaded
China, Italy, 2013, digital archive, original version with Spanish subtitles, 2'
Father & Sons
China, France, 2014, digital archive, colour, original version with Spanish subtitles, 87’
Museo Reina Sofía, Sabatini Building, Auditorium
This session features three works considered by Wang Bing to be video art, thus differing from the language of cinema. Venice 70 is a short film made for the 70th edition of the Venice International Film Festival and shows an anonymous, solitary man in his routine of survival. Traces, meanwhile, is a survey of mass graves in the Gobi Desert, but through a profoundly material and stark gaze. This is the only work by the director filmed for cinema and later digitalised, giving it the quality of poetry that is at once elegiac and stark. Finally, the film Father & Sons records the bare room that houses a worker and his two sons — engrossed in their mobile phones among extreme poverty — and has been interpreted as the expansion of consumerism among Chinese teenagers, regardless of their social background.