23 November 2017
“Cold Nights” at UCCA: curators Boliang Shen and Zhanglun Dai
Cold Nights, 15 September - 17 December 2017, UCCA, Beijing. Image courtesy Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (UCCA).
Capitalist excess, a dysfunctional family, communication breakdown, and a widening gap between traditional and modern ideologies are some of the issues raised by modern Chinese writer Ba Jin in his 1947 novel Cold Nights. Although these problems persist in today's China, in fact in many societies around the world, they are set in an era of war and conflict in 1940s Chengdu.