Unsung Heroes of Ink

black and white image of paper as background of poster

with film director Olivia Wang & Shelagh Vainker, Curator of Chinese Art at the Ashmolean Museum​

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The Ashmolean Museum Chinese Paintings Programme is delighted to present with the support of TORCH the UK online premier of the documentary film Unsung Heroes of Ink directed by University of Oxford alumna and Chinese contemporary ink specialist Olivia Wang.


The film Unsung Heroes of Ink explores the importance and role of paper in Chinese ink painting. Leading artists in China, such as Liu Dan (b. 1953), who was on display at the Ashmolean Museum in 2016/17 with the exhibition Liu Dan: New Landscapes & Old Masters, and Shao Fan (b. 1964) explain how paper shapes their work. The film takes the viewer on a journey across China to explore artists' collaboration with craftspeople in the remote Anhui Province, where ancient methods to hand-produce “xuan” paper are still used. These craftspeople, who have spent a lifetime honing their skills, are the “unsung heroes of ink”.

The screening of the film will be followed by a discussion between the film director Olivia Wang and the Ashmolean Museum curator of Chinese art, Shelagh Vainker. The audience will have the opportunity to post questions to the speakers in the chat.


Unsung Heroes of Ink


Directed by Olivia Wang | 2020 | 25 minutes
Language: Mandarin with English subtitles


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