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Anguish and Enthusiasm

Issue No. 2354

Chinese students in the 1970s

Chinese students in the 1970s (Pic: Michelangelo Antonioni)

This exhibition is a mix of films, graphics, etchings and installations. It tries to answer the question, “What do you do with your revolution once you’ve got it?”

Its answers are skewed by an assumption that we all agree on what revolution is.

For the curators, revolution isn’t made by ordinary people but a terrible event that happens to them. There is no mention of Egypt. 

But it does include some fascinating films that you might otherwise never see. These include Michelangelo Antonioni’s documentary Chung Kuo, Cina made for, and then promptly banned by Chairman Mao.

Anguish and Enthusiasm
Free, until 18 August,
Cornerhouse, 70 Oxford St, Manchester M1 5NH

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Tue 21 May 2013, 19:16 BST
Issue No. 2354
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