- Mika Mattila
- Liu Gang, Wang Guangyi
“Set in China’s turbulent contemporary art world, Chimeras offers an intense reflection on modern Chinese identity. The story interweaves the parallel narratives of a young man taking the Beijing art scene by storm and an aging international pop-art star questioning his own legacy. When an American curator invites Liu Gang to show his artwork in the most prestigious gallery in China, the young photographer from modest means is thrust into a whirlwind of Westernized luxury, embassy parties, and promises of an international career. He struggles to balance his life as an artist with his responsibilities to his family and his fiancée. As Liu begins to wonder who he is and where he is heading, his questions find an echo in Wang Guangyi—an older, established artist who achieved international fame, enormous wealth, and artistic fulfillment during the “second revolution” of the 1980s. Wang was on the forefront of modernizing China with revolutionary Western avant-garde ideas, but now he is filled with doubt about the dominance of outside influence in the Chinese art world. He bitterly rails against the value of the Western ideals he once championed, and his story, juxtaposed with Liu’s, raises profound questions about authenticity and cultural voice in art.” (Margaret Mead Film Festival) Cosponsored with the East Asia Program.