Both Sides Now

25 Sep 2015 – 6 Dec 2015

Regular hours

10:00 – 17:00
10:00 – 17:00
12:00 – 17:00
10:00 – 17:00
10:00 – 17:00
10:00 – 17:00

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  • The nearest bus station is Shudehill Exchange, and Piccadilly Gardens is also a 5 minute walk away.
  • The nearest tram station is Shudehill.
  • Manchester Victoria is a 5 minute walk from the venue. Manchester Piccadilly is a 10 minute walk.
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Both sides now: It was the best of times, it was the worst of times?


Artists’ film and video works from the UK, China and Hong Kong spanning a quarter century will be presented in a new exhibition that seeks to draw comparisons between the identity and culture of China and the UK. 

By selecting video works from 1990 to 2014, Both Sides Now asks us to reinterpret excluded and forgotten images of Hong Kong from the perspective of the present day, including references to the recent pro-democracy Umbrella Movement and the handover of Hong Kong from UK to China. In reflection, contemporary artists’ film from the UK examines the culture and society of Britain, including the recent Scottish referendum. By bringing all the films together the programme offers a reinterpretation of the UK, China and Hong Kong, through the eyes of filmmakers and their personal readings of events and culture.

Both Sides Now is curated and produced by videoclub (UK) and Videotage (Hong Kong) in collaboration with CFCCA

Rachel Maclean - The Lion and the Unicorn (UK)

Rachel Maclean is a Glasgow based artist working largely in green-screen composite video and digital video and digital print, often exhibiting this alongside props, costumes and related sculptures and painting. Maclean's works explores the boundaries of history and the potential of imagined futures, creating hyper-glowing, artificially saturated visions that juxtapose a heightened positivity with a playful grotesque aesthetic.

Ben Rivers - This is My Land (UK)

Ben Rivers is an artist and experimental filmmaker based in London. His work has been shown in many  film festivals and galleries around the world and has won numerous awards. He investigates themes from exploring unknown wilderness territories to candid and intimate portrayals of real-life subjects.

Lucy Clout - From Our Own Correspondent (UK)

Lucy Clout's previous work investigates the experience of viewing performance, interrogating the communicative aspects of the physical and social relationships between the audience and the art-object/performer. She graduated from the Royal College of Art with an MA in Sculpture in 2009 and has exhibited in commercial and non-commercial spaces in the UK and internationally.


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