By Luciana Leitão
There’s a lot to do this weekend. Firstly, Cinemathèque Passion is already opened and now showing Nobuhiro Yamashita’s Over the Fence. Then, there’s the opening of two exhibitions art Ox Warehouse. To top it all, there’s a promising dance workshop.
Let me start by highlighting tomorrow’s première at Cinemathèque Passion. Now under new management, tomorrow starts the cycle of what promises to be a great period for independent film screening in the territory. The Japanese film Over the Fence will be screened from April 1 to April 12, in various schedules, to fit the different busy working timetables of Macau population. Having been screened in a few of Asian’s topi film festivals, like the Hong Kong Asia Film Festival, Busan International Film Festival and SPOT-Taipei, this is a love story, by director Nobuhiro Yamashita. “Films of Yamashita focus on the sorrow and heaviness, making him quite different from other directors,” says a note on the event’s Facebook page.
Then, there’s the opening of two exhibitions at Ox Warehouse, on April 2, at 4 pm, under the Seeds in Spring — Open Call Selection for Exhibition programme. One of them is titled Mǎorganic, featuring works by artists Alan Ieon, TKH, Jack Wong and Rusty Fox. “A collaboration project by four artists, where ‘mǎo’ is the pronounciation of the Chinese word ‘冇’, which means ‘nothing’ or ‘negativeness’,” the organisers mention. “Our works explore the relation between man-made and natural objects in order to discover how they change or rectify people’s perception of what Nature is, trying to seek on what foundation do modern city dwellers define Nature.”
The other exhibition also opening on April 2, 4 pm, at Ox Warehouse, is titled Afterwards…－Works by Lee Suet-ying. “My works are usually site-specific works, therefore, they are hardly conserved but only part of the pieces or even just images/video records [remain],” the artist explains. “The site from a particular time and space will come to the present exhibition space through the visual records, however, the meaning of the work will be left behind at the ‘specific site’ in the past. I don’t want to just showing the visual records, but through the re-occurring process, link up the site in the past to the present exhibition space.” An “experiment,” as the artist calls it.
One last note to refer the exhibition by artist Ieong Man Pan. Titled 99999, it opened yesterday, March 30, but it will stay until April 29, at Creative Macau. Combining gaming chips with other images of landscapes and monuments, resorting to a post-editing process, the artist reflects on the impact the gaming liberalisation has had in Macau. Not to be missed.