Photo exhibition

WANG BING – Father & Sons

BROOKLYN, NEW YORK – 2015 Yusef Hawkin’s face is gone and now this child’s face has also been totally erased from the world. I believe her name was Janelle Lynn McCleese, born in 1987 and died in 1990. How did she die? I have imagined that she was hit by a car. The mural lived much longer than she did. Perhaps brevity really is part of the beauty and function of these murals—that their eventual loss further reflects the neighborhood’s demographic changes, the passage of time, the brevity of life. I won’t ever forget Janelle’s face and her lovingly fixed hair. She lives inside all of us who passed by and took notice of her as we walked down Lewis Ave.,-- us, the lucky living, wondrously and briefly animated by life.
© Wang Bing
© Wang Bing

From 29th April to 7th June 2014 at the Galerie Paris-Beijing
54, rue du Vertbois, 75003 Paris. Tuesday-Saturday 11 am – 7 pm
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Galerie Paris-Beijing is proud to present the world premier of Chinese filmmaker Wang Bing’s photographic work. Having achieved international renown with his first film, the epic West of the Tracks (2004), and fame with his historical fiction The Ditch (the surprise film at the Venice festival in 2010), Wang Bing does extreme cinema. He makes films of incredible length (up to 9 hours!), tackles radical subjects and creates images with a harsh aesthetic that approaches the cruel reality, but with honesty and gentleness, and even empathy.

Born in 1967 in Shaanxi, a province in central China, Wang Bing first studied photography in Shenyang before taking cinema classes in Beijing. Very recently, he has returned to his first passion: between 2013 and 2014, Wang Bing realized a series of photographs taken on the sites of two former full-length films, and also during the shooting of his latest film, Father and Sons.

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Véronique Poczobut, photo editor of PRIVATE magazine.

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