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Hao Jingban: Beijing Ballroom

Since 2012, Hao Jingban (Chinese, b. 1985) has been conducting extensive research and filming for her Beijing Ballroom project. In the two videos on view—An Afternoon Ball (2013) and Off Takes (2016)—Hao traces the present ballroom tradition in Beijing to the two waves of ballroom dancing in the early 1950s and the post-Cultural Revolution era in the late 1970s.

January 21, 2019 5:00pm

Off Takes, Hao’s most recent work from the Beijing Ballroom project, is based on previously discarded footage. By revisiting and reorganizing the material, Hao creates a narrative that shifts between nostalgic meditations of the past and critical analysis of the present, always considering the distance between herself and the subjects of her work.

10/20/2018 to 1/21/2019


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Los Angeles, California

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Los Angeles, California

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