From Railway Links to Nation-State Awareness 从铁路链接到家国感知
Date: 24 September 2022
Time: 11:00 – 12:30
Venue: Rockbund Art Museum
日期: 2022年 9月 24日
时间: 11:00 – 12:30
About the Event 关于活动
Since the 19th century, the new technology system represented by the railway has changed the connection of the world and the relationship between regions through the cutting of time and space, thus creating a new place and a new identity perception. Dr. Sun Yat sen, the pioneer of the revolution, once envisaged building 100000 kilometers of railway on China's territory to create citizens with the same perception of time and space, and to point to a new national community. However, for Yunnan Province, which is located in the corner of the motherland, its first road of modernization was built by the French colonialists, connecting Yunnan and the French colonies in Vietnam, and then pointing to the sea and distant Europe. If Dr. Sun Yat sen's assumption is accurate, what new perception and identity will be created by Yunnan's railway links to foreign countries rather than local areas, and what kind of historical process will Yunnan be pushed into?
Artist Cheng Xinhao's art project "To the Ocean", which started in 2018, focuses on the Yunnan Vietnam Railway, which connects the Yunnan Plateau and foreign oceans. Through walking, shooting and writing, he tried to respond to the impact of this railway on Yunnan, and threw it back to the scene connecting the body and the time and space scale for retelling. In this sharing, Cheng Xinhao will combine his own creative experience to analyze the local identity and national feelings created by this railway, as well as the history of Yunnan in the first half of the 20th century inspired by it.
About the Speaker 关于讲者
Cheng Xinhao was born in Yunnan in 1985. In 2013, he graduated from the School of Chemistry and Molecular Engineering of Peking University with a doctor's degree. Now, he works and lives in Kunming, Yunnan Province as an artist. His works are usually based on long-term field research and are related to his hometown Yunnan. Through his physical presence, Cheng Xinhao uses video, devices, photography, words and other media to observe the polyphonic links between logic, discourse, knowledge from different sources and the nature, society, and history behind them, as well as the actors embedded in them.