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John Rash - The Creative Identity Complex: An American Documenting China in Stills and Motion

Artist Presentation

Friday, October 05 - 2:00PM to 2:45PM
301 Design Building

While documenting communities between Shanghai and Chongqing and living by the Yangtze River in China, Rash explored his creative identity as a filmmaker and video artist. He used a variety of media, from analog film to digital photographs, Polaroids, and video. The work that emerged ultimately led to multiple installations and the award-winning experimental documentary film Yangtze Drift. This body of work questions how different modes and materials may be used to explore and document the same spaces and subjects. It also emphasizes an awareness of the photographer's identity as a white outsider attempting to tell the stories of a culture that is not his own. In this talk, Rash will present his work from China and discuss how "lens-based artists" transition across media and the considerations to be made when choosing the appropriate mode of documentation for new projects.


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