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Wang Tuo, The Northeast Tetralogy (2018-2022) unearths suppressed histories such as the May 4th Movement (1919) and the Jeju Uprising (1948–1949) interweaving them with current-day events, and an imagined near future. Wang Tuo takes the Northeastern region of China’s modern history and its contentious geopolitical position as an entry point and puts forth the notion of “pan-shamanism.” The artist proposes the collective unconscious as a catalyst for shared belief or power, and its potential as a medium to connect histories through time and space. The Northeast Tetralogy transcends the otherworldly and the profane, fact and fiction, and past and present to probe how we recover and reflect on cultural and political history. Spanning four years of research, the tetralogy marks a major milestone in Wang Tuo’s practice.
The growing KADIST collection currently holds over 450 videos by over 400 artists. KADIST San Francisco’s new screening room and annual programming aim to provide a dedicated space to profile the diversity of video art and its form by featuring video works from the KADIST collection.
Wang Tuo, The Northeast Tetralogy screening schedule
Smoke & Fire (2018), 31:18 mins
April 14–May 13
Distorting Worlds (2019), 24:38 mins
May 17–June 10
Tungus (2021), 1:09:27 mins
June 14–July 15
Tungus will begin at 12:30 pm, 2 pm, and 3:30 pm
Wailing Requiem (2021), 28:01 mins
July 19–August 12
An additional work, The Interrogation (2017) will feature on Kadist.Tv, a media portal that draws from KADIST’s international collection of artworks with over 100 KADIST-produced artist interviews, curated playlists, and artist spotlights.
Wang Tuo (b. 1984, Changchun. Lives and works in Beijing) interweaves disparate realities from archives, modern history, myth, and literature through film, performance, painting, and drawing to examine modern Chinese history.
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