HAO Jingban 

b. 1985 in Shanxi Province, China

Hao Jingban completed a BA in Media and Communication from Goldsmiths College in 2007, and a MA in Film Studies from University of London in 2010. Her solo exhibitions include “New Directions: Hao Jingban” (Ullens Center of Contemporary Art for Contemporary Art, Beijing, 2016) and “Over-Romanticism (Taikang Space, Beijing, 2016). Group exhibitions in which Hao has participated include “Why Not Ask Again? 11th Shanghai Biennale” (Power Station of Art, Shanghai, 2016); “Discordant Harmony” (Kuandu Museum of Fine Art, Taipei, 2016 and Hiroshima MOCA, Hiroshima, Japan, 2015); “Southern Wind” (Antenna Space, Shanghai, 2015); “The Civil Power” (Minsheng Art Museum, Beijing, 2015); “Sight and Sound” (Jewish Museum, New York, USA, 2014); “Echoes of Socialist Realism” (OCAT Contemporary Art Terminal, Shenzhen, 2014). In 2016, Hao’s work Off Takes had a premiere debut at the Shanghai Biennale. In the same year, she also won the Huayu Youth Award Grand Jury Prize in Art Sanya 2016 with the film An Afternoon Ball and Off Takes from her Beijing Ballroom project. She currently lives and works in Beijing, China.

About Beijing Ballroom project
Since 2012, Hao Jingban has been conducting research and filming for her Beijing Ballroom project. She traces the present ballrooms in Beijing to the two waves of ballroom dancing in the early 1950s and post-Cultural Revolution late 1970s. In the three years of shooting, Hao attempts different video languages to explore these interweaving historical narratives. Hao’s most recent video work Off Takes originates from the discarded footages from this project. These personal life stories, bound up in the shifting courses of political climates, had once failed to be interpreted because of their historical distance and the absurdity of reality. Through the reorganisation and reactivation of these once deselected fragments, Hao meditates on the semiotic and affective relations between image and message.

Exhibition details of “After Party: Collective Dance and Individual Gymnastics” (14.1 - 4.3.2017)

Artist Statement - Off Takes
Artist Biography

Media coverage (Kaleidoscope Asia, Spring/Summer 2016)
Media coverage (LEAP, June 2016)