Both Sides Now: It was the best of times, It was the worst of times?

25 Sep 2015 – 6 Dec 2015

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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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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.


Associate Curators: Isaac Leung (Videotage, Hong Kong) & Jamie Wyld (videoclub, UK)
Preview: Thursday 24 September 2015, 6-8pm – places limited, to RSVP click here
Gallery 1, 2 & Residency Studio

Both Sides Now: It was the Best of Times, it was the Worst of Times? at the Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art (CFCCA) in Manchester, 25 Sept-6 Dec 2015, is part of a six-month programme of screenings, exhibitions and residencies involving 15 arts organisations in the UK, China and Hong Kong.

CFCCA’s artist in residence for the duration of the exhibition, Wong Ping will be making new work in response to the culture of the UK. Wong Ping’s imaginative, sometimes shocking work, is an exciting addition to Both Sides Now. His exploration of sexual suppression, shame and teenage lust, and use of fresh, luscious colour-palettes, has recently won him a commission with Prada, and in 2013 he was selected for Saatchi and Saatchi’s New Directors Showcase.

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.

Moving image pieces by artists working in China & Hong Kong, including Birdy Chu, Lu Yang, Wong Ping, Ellen Pau and Map Office, will be exhibited alongside work by UK filmmakers David Blandy, Lucy Clout, Ben Rivers, Daniel Shanken and Rachel Maclean.

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


videoclub was established in 2005 and supports artists by showcasing new film, video and moving image work to increase public engagement with the genre, and to create opportunities for critical engagement with contemporary art.

Videotage was established in 1986 and is a media art collective based in Hong Kong. Videotage was founded as an umbrella organisation for media artists that facilitates artistic and cultural exchange and promotes video and media art in Hong Kong.

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Jamie Wyld

Isaac Leung

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MAP Office

Rachel Maclean

Daniel Shanken

Ben Rivers

Ellen Pau

David Blandy

Lucy Clout

Lu Yang

Wong Ping

Birdy Chu


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