WAZA exhibited at the Launch of Open House in Beijing, China on April 13, 2009.
Open House: Post Space, a New Video Series Created and Conceptualized by WAZA, curated by ChART Contemporary
Post Space is a series of six videos completed in 2009. WAZA was inspired to create this body of work after learning the film production studio in Wuhan was storing thousands of outtakes from 16 millimeter films edited in China during the 1950s and 1960s. These outtakes are from Soviet, Japanese and Chinese films. WAZA uses this abandoned footage, this abandoned creative output, to shed light on the dire situation facing China’s inland cities. Ironically these cities have also been left behind. There is a staggering gap between the economic and social development in a second tier city such as Wuhan and first tier cities such as Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen and Guangzhou. This artist collective meticulously sorted through the “garbage” for months to produce Post Space. The eerie soundtrack is WAZA’s digital creation and highlights the feeling of isolation. By transforming “garbage” into “treasure,” WAZA meditates on the harsh reality facing China’s inland cities and embraces the unwanted. As this work unfolds before your eyes, we hope your spirit is charged, and perhaps the cities and people being overlooked will be remembered.
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