Accordion Class (2016), 15"
During the Cultural Revolution, the accordion was the only permitted western instrument. With its rhythmic and performative quality, the accordion was favored as an instrument of propaganda.
In the ’90s, when the piano and other instruments regained popularity, the accordion became less influential than it had been. However, the instrument is having a revival in the 2010s.
The film looks at two accordion classes taught in Changsha, China: One for the primary school kids from mostly working-classs families, as part of their school curriculum. The other for a group of middle-aged men and women that meet weekly at their leisure.