11,565 Kilometres Project

Lift-Off Online 2020 Director: BEICHEN ZHANG Writer: BEICHEN ZHANG Producer: Country of Origin: United States Synopsis: 11, 565 Km Project tracks the path of an artifact from the Shandong province (China) to the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and…

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Lift-Off Online 2020

Director: BEICHEN ZHANG
Writer: BEICHEN ZHANG
Producer:

Country of Origin: United States

Synopsis:
11, 565 Km Project tracks the path of an artifact from the Shandong province (China) to the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (USA). In June 2018, the artist began conducting research on a Chinese artifact at UPenn’s museum, A Coffin Fragment (object#: 40-35-4), located in their Asian Art pavilion. During his investigations, Zhang shot one poetic documentary. This film highlights issues related to the circulation of artifacts, the complexity of colonial histories, and the material reality of historical documents. It portrays the long migration of this Chinese coffin, its historical colonial background, and the global power dynamics within the institutional museum collection.

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