The Cyan Garden

Peng Zuqiang

2022 | 00:08:05 | China | Chinese | B&W and Color | Stereo | 4:3 | 16mm film

Collection: New Releases, Single Titles

Tags: History, Memory, Politics

The Cyan Garden considers the limits of giving form to the past which cannot cohere into memory. In part filmed on ‘Lucky', a discontinued b&w 16mm film reel stock intended for military aerial detection, the film revolves around a radio station that was not supposed to be detected and an Airbnb apartment ‘The Lover’, run by the artist’s friend in their hometown. Between 1969 and 1981, a Malaysian communist underground radio in exile Voice of the Malayan Revolution resided in what is now soon to be a resort. Contemplation on a revolution’s fraught relation to emancipation, The Cyan Garden interweaves visual notes on contemporary urbanisation, revolutionary bodies, stifled romance and inability to remember ‘rightly’ as love songs lull in the background.

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Exhibitions + Festivals

New Harvest II, Eye Film Museum, Amsterdam, NL, 2023

Passwords, Automata, Los Angeles, US, 2023

Souvenirs of Frictions: Three films by Peng Zuqiang, e-flux screening room, New York, US, 2022

Sideways Looking, Cell Project Space, London, GB, 2022