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Sophie Fiennes – Liu Xiaodong: Half Street

Sophie Fiennes exploration of artist Liu Xiaodong's figurative work

Asia House ARTiculations

A new series of ‘In-conversations’ will take place between Pamela Kember, Head of Arts and Learning, at Asia House, and invited practitioners across all art forms.

Film screening and discussion

Tuesday 25 February, 18.45-20.30

Sophie Fiennes’ exploration of the creative processes behind artist Liu Xiaodong’s figurative work is the subject of Half Street, her 40-minute study of the Beijing-based painter and a leading figure within China’s contemporary art scene during the 1990s. Liu’s six-week artist residency at two London  pubs and a Middle Eastern coffee shop in Marylebone, culminated in eight large-scale acrylic paintings of neighborhood residents of Polish, Tibetan, French, West Indian and Arab descent. The residency marked Liu’s inaugural UK exhibition at London’s Lisson Gallery from 27 September to 2 November 2013.

About the Director

Sophie Fiennes is widely acclaimed for her unique observational eye and strong sense of cinematic form. Her award-winning works include Over your CitiesGrass Will Grow (2010) a film project with the German artist Anselm Kiefer and a BBC documentary of the British choreographer Michael Clark. Most recently her second collaboration with Slavoj Žižek, The Pervert’s Guide to Ideology (2012) premiered at Toronto International Film Festival.

Admission free but advance booking required. Book using Eventbrite below.


February 25, 2014
18:45 - 20:30
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Asia House


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