"Sometimes the biggest events are telegraphed by the merest of harbingers."
The scene of the greatest economic and cultural metamorphosis of our time, China is not only at the center of the world's attention but has arguably the most vital, imaginative, and uncontainable art scene in the world. The Rising Tide investigates China's meteoric march toward the future through the work of some of the Middle Kingdom's most talented emerging artists, whose work captures the social and aesthetic confusion created in a rapidly changing society. Produced within the dual context of globalization and urbanization, the work of artists Cao Fei, Xu Zhen, Zhang O, Yang Yong, Wang Qingsong, Chen Qiulin, and Birdhead examines the confusion and ambiguity that characterize the new China. The Rising Tide captures this momentous time in China's history while exploring the work of artists, who comment with intelligence, wit, foreboding and nostalgia.
In his beautiful debut film, Robert Adanto explores the work of some of China's most talented emerging artists and their personal responses to the country's rise as a global economic, political and cultural force. This is a unique opportunity to see this elegant and thoughtful film, introduced by the director.
The Rising Tide was recently part of CHINA NOW in the UK, as it was part of Constant Stream: China 08 at the Royal College of Art in London, where it screened with a film by acclaimed Chinese director Jia Zhangke.
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