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Imaginary enemy

Author: Liz Daggett
Publisher: New York, NY : Filmakers Library, 2010.
Series: Filmakers library online.
Edition/Format:   eVideo : Clipart/images/graphics : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In Imaginary Enemy, the Chinese sculptor and painter Liao Yibai recounts his remarkable life as he prepares for his first solo show in America. The artist was born in a top-secret missile factory in the Chinese countryside during the Cold War. His mother went into labor while standing at her place in the factory line, welding missiles. Unmarked on any map, Factory 215 was part of Mao Zedong's master plan " ... to  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Documentary
Named Person: Yibai Liao
Material Type: Clipart/images/graphics, Internet resource, Videorecording
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File, Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Liz Daggett
OCLC Number: 747796624
Language Note: English.
Target Audience: For College; Adult audiences.
Description: 1 online resource (21 min.)
Series Title: Filmakers library online.
Responsibility: by Liz Daggett.

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In Imaginary Enemy, the Chinese sculptor and painter Liao Yibai recounts his remarkable life as he prepares for his first solo show in America. The artist was born in a top-secret missile factory in the Chinese countryside during the Cold War. His mother went into labor while standing at her place in the factory line, welding missiles. Unmarked on any map, Factory 215 was part of Mao Zedong's master plan " ... to fight China s biggest enemy, America." Under complete government control and unable to leave, young Yibai s daily life was subjected to Cultural Revolution propaganda on loudspeakers by day, and being awakened by accidental explosions at night. Yibai s childhood is depicted in his imaginative and ironic stainless-steel sculptures, turning the complex cultural relationship between China and the U.S. into accessible, humorous stories. A giant metal hamburger emblazoned with "Top Secret" represents how Yibai got his first impression of the West, "the food of the enemy." We see the works progressing, while Yibai raises deeper questions. Are we pawns in political games? What is the nature of war, and can it be stopped? Is art a way to tell forgotten stories, ugly memories, and childhood dreams?

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