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Zheng Yuan

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Nights of Proletarian

普罗大众之夜

《普罗大众之夜》围绕着凯文·曹颇具戏剧性的人生经历展开,在接连获得“2009年度全国脚斗士精英赛中量级冠军“、2009年“CCTV5挑战脚斗王”六连冠之后,他决定远赴美国推广这一竞技项目,并以失败告终…曹旋即选择留在美国,自学摄影并从大众文化与视觉艺术中汲取养分,最终成为一名婚礼摄像师。《普罗大众之夜》试图将凯文·曹文在美国所拍摄的婚礼影片,早年的比赛录像,以及对他的采访片段作为材料,展现他中美之间身份处境以及他在图像内外的身体劳动。

Nights of Proletarian based on the dramatic life experience of Kevin Cao. After becoming the middleweight champion in the 2009 National Judose Classic and topping the 2009 CCTV5 Judose Tournament for the sixth consecutive time, he and his team decided to head to the US to internationalize the sport of Judose, but it ended in failure. In the aftermath of the setback, Kevin Cao chose to remain in the US and became a wedding videographer immersed in popular culture and filmmaking. Proletarian Nights weaves together of wedding videos Cao made in the US, game recaps in his early years, and interview clips at his studio in Chicago, attempts to spark discussions over issues of labor, value, and identity in and outside the image-making process, and reconstructs images into a narrative entwined by both fictional and documentary elements.

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