“Zhang is interested in the place of politics in individuals’ lives – the uneventful, domestic and secular sides of politics,” writes independent curator Zoe Meng Jiang, “...the essay films of Zhang show how the personal lives of his generation are hypermediated by politics. It is a generation growing up in between the two cold wars, and left in the discrepancies between socialism and capitalism, and between nationalism and globalization. Filmmaking is a way to retrieve personal memories from grand narratives (The First Line of China); or to create communal memories when the condition for collective actions is forfeited (Wander).
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