Jia Zhang-ke

Jul 12, 2008 - Jul 12, 2008

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Jia Zhang-ke, The World (cover image), 2005.

Jia Zhang-ke, The World (cover image), 2005.


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Jia Zhang-ke, a leading figure of what is known as the Sixth Generation of filmmakers in the People’s Republic of China, is considered by many to be the most successful storyteller of change and discontent in contemporary China. Bearing witness to the country’s often vicious shift from state-controlled communism to capitalism (and its inevitable rip-offs), his films offer what Jia himself calls a “Chinese reality without distortion.” In The Front Room, the Contemporary screens Jia’s celebrated story of wandering youths at Beijing’s World Park in The World(2005, China).



General support for the Contemporary’s exhibitions program is generously provided by the Whitaker Foundation; William E. Weiss Foundation; Regional Arts Commission; Arts and Education Council; Missouri Arts Council, a state agency; Nancy Reynolds and Dwyer Brown; and members of the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis.