24 and 25 February 2017, 1pm
The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum presents the 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’s performance of swimming across the Yalu River to North Korea, accomplishing a minimal, highly condensed act of border-crossing.
The screening on 25 February is followed by a Q&A session with He Xiangyu.
Entry to the screenings is free with museum admission.
‘He Xiangyu: The Swim’
Sackler Centre for Arts Education
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
1071 Fifth Avenue
+1 212 423 2500
‘The Swim’ (2017) (still) © He Xiangyu