25–28 May 2017
4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art presents the Australian premiere of The Swim (2017), a new film by He Xiangyu.
The artist filmed the work over three trips to his home town of Kuandian – an economically deprived area on China’s border with North Korea. Through interviews with Korean War veterans, defectors from North Korea and their families, The Swim unveils the cruel reality hidden behind the beautiful scenery of Kuandian, undercutting what the artist views as a utopian fantasy projected onto individuals. The film culminates with the artist swimming across the Yalu River to North Korea, accomplishing a symbolic act of border-crossing.
Screenings (admission free):
Thursday 25 May, 6.30pm
Friday 26 May, 6.30pm
Saturday 27 May, 6.30pm
Sunday 28 May, 6.30pm
'He Xiangyu: The Swim'
4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art
181 — 187 Hay Street
Sydney NSW 2000
+61 2 9212 0380
He Xiangyu ‘The Swim’ (2017) (still)
© He Xiangyu Courtesy the artist and White Cube