RAS Documentary

The Apartment

Spray Paint Beijing: Graffiti in the Capital of China

RAS Documentary Group

WEDNESDAY 3rd December 2014
7pm for 7.15pm
The Apartment, 47 Yongfu Lu, near Wuyuan Lu

Graffiti in the Capital of China

Beijing-based documentary maker Lance Crayon is bringing his film Spray Paint Beijing: Graffiti in the Capital of China to Shanghai for our December RAS Documentary Group session.
According to The Economist’s review of the film, ‘Spray Paint Beijing… follows 16 “graffers” (as the artists are called) across the Chinese capital. With its abundance of concrete walls and construction sites, Beijing should be a tagger’s paradise. But the documentary’s director, Lance Crayon, estimates the community to number only in the dozens.
‘If the numbers are small, it is not due to government suppression. Notoriously censorious of other arts, Chinese officials have mostly turned a blind eye to graffiti. Contrary to his initial expectations, Crayon found artists working openly in daylight and attracting photo-snapping crowds as policemen passed by with indifference. While their counterparts in the West have only minutes to ply their craft, China’s graffers have the luxury of hours, even days, to perfect their designs without being stopped.’
The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Lance.
Lance Crayon is from Fort Worth, Texas and moved to China in December 2009. Since living in Beijing he has worked as a video journalist for China Radio International and Global Times. He holds a B.A. in English from the University of Texas at Arlington. Spray Paint Beijing is his first documentary film.
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