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02/26: GW CI Cultural Lecture Series, "Once Upon a Time in Shanghai: Behind...

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The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum

701 21st St NW

Myer's Room

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We are proud to have Mark Parascandola lead a lecture: "Once Upon a Time in Shanghai: Behind the Scences of the Chinese Film Industry".

China, poised to become the world's largest film market, is home to an expansive state-supported movie and television industry. On an unparalleled scale, entire towns have been built around making movies. Given film censorship codes in China, period films provide a safe and familiar format to tell stories based around “official” narratives. The movie sets, rivaling real-world cities and monuments in their scale, have themselves become destinations for domestic and international tourists. Despite the fiction, they bear witness to a dynamic and changing China. Photographer Mark Parascandola, has spent five years photographing movie production sites and outdoor sets across China.

“Through his images, Mark Parascandola captures these sites and the people that inhabit them, offering us fleeting images of classical Chinese costumes dramas, modern war films, Republican Shanghai, and the socialist past. It is also through these images that contradictions lurking beneath the surface emerge as we witness a side of China that is both classical and modern, genuine and staged, glamourous and mundane, new and old, deeply tied to history yet continually being remolded.” -- from Michael Berry’s essay Images of a Film Industry in Transition.

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12:00pm Check-in, Light Lunch and Refreshments, & Networking

12:30 - 1:30pm Lecture

1:30 - 2:00pm Audience Interaction

Speaker Bio:

Mark Parascandola is a documentary fine-art photographer based in Washington DC. His work explores how photography, and the movies, shape our perceptions of history and create ambiguity between reality and make-believe. A PhD epidemiologist by training, he draws on methods of historical and public health research in investigating subjects and locations. His work has been exhibited widely in the US, Spain and China. Mark was awarded Individual Artist Fellowships from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities 2014 and 2018 and was a Finalist for the Sondheim Prize 2011 and for Critical Mass 2012, 2016, and 2019. His photobook Once Upon a Time in Almería: The Legacy of Hollywood in Spain was published by Daylight Books in 2017. The work from that project was the subject of a solo exhibition at the Embassy of Spain in Washington DC and has since traveled to numerous locations. His latest photobook Once Upon a Time in Shanghai (Daylight, November 2019) documents the rapidly-expanding movie industry in China. The book was awarded First Place in the Documentary Book Project category in the 2019 International Photography Awards and related work was selected for the “Best of Show” exhibition at the Lucie Awards in New York City October 2019.


Sponsored By:
The GW Confucius Institute

Room: The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum - Myer's Room
Address: 701 21st St NW, Washington, DC 20052

RSVP Required. This event is FREE and open to the public. Light Lunch and Refreshments will be served.

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