Hao Jingban
The First Take

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. Hao has gained international recognition for her Beijing Ballroom project (2012-2016), in which she traces the present ballrooms in Beijing to the two waves of ballroom dancing in the early 1950s and post-Cultural Revolution in late 1970s. By including a wide range of found footages and recordings, archival materials, interviews and voiceovers, Hao interweaves complex historical narratives and social movements in the structures of experimental, documentary and essay film.

Her solo exhibitions include “New Directions: Hao Jingban” (Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, 2016) and “Over-Romanticism” (Taikang Space, Beijing, 2016). Group exhibitions and screenings include “Hao Jingban: Beijing Ballroom” (Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, USA, 2018); “Special Economic Zone” (Guangdong Times Museum, Guangzhou, China, 2018); “FRONT International: Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art” (Cleveland, USA, 2018); “Prospectif Cinéma: Performing Dramas I” (Centre Pompidou, Paris, France, 2017); “11th Shanghai Biennale: Why Not Ask Again?” (The Power Station of Art, Shanghai, China, 2016); “Discordant Harmony” (Kuandu Museum of Fine Art, Taipei, 2016 and Hiroshima MOCA, Hiroshima, Japan, 2015); “The Civil Power” (Minsheng Art Museum, Beijing, 2015); “Sight and Sound” (Jewish Museum, New York, USA, 2014). In 2016, Hao won the Huayu Youth Award Grand Jury Prize in Art Sanya 2016. In 2017, she won the Young Artist of the Year award at the 11th Award of Art China and the International Critics’ Prize at the 63rd Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen.

Hao currently lives and works in Beijing, China.


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