Ran, Cheng b.1981 / 1971-2000
about this work
1971-2000 (2012) opens up a box of memories of the cinematic classics that have left enormous impact on Cheng and his peers who would access contemporary cinema through second-hand resources, bootleg products and much recently the internet. Appropriating iconic elements from “A Clockwork Orange” ( Stanely Kubrick, 1971) and “The Million Dollar Hotel” (Wim Wenders, 2000), the artist created a new film of a young man throwing himself off the rooftop, which however reconciles the contradicting beliefs and viewpoints in these two classics. Clips, images and music have been appropriated from bootleg resources which have long been artistic inspiration for a place with limited access.

Cheng Ran (b.1981, China)

1971-2000, 2012

Single channel video with sound, 7 min 47 sec
Edition: 3/6

Leo Xu Projects, Shanghai, China Current Location:
Hong Kong - BRINK'S HK VideoFar East


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