Unsung Heroes of Ink | 無名詩人


Evening Premiere Film Screening

UNSUNG HEROES OF INK Trailer from Olivia L. Wang on Vimeo.

Drink Reception 6:30pm
Screening 7:00pm
Discussion 7:30pm
Close 8:15pm

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

Appreciation for Chinese ink painting is growing, but much of the art form remains unexplored. An ink painting comes into being when ink meets paper. But the role of the latter in shaping or responding to an artist’s style is often overlooked. Revered artist Liu Dan has observed that the “language of ink” is created by a group of people—the papermaker, brushmaker and maker of ink. In the era of the “rockstar” artist, many neglect the role of paper and papermaking.

UNSUNG HEROES OF INK seeks to redress this balance. We hear artists Liu Dan and Shao Fan explain how xuan paper shapes their work. We also see their collaborators—craftspeople in the remote Jing County, Anhui Province, who use ancient methods to hand-produce xuan paper. The craftspeople, who have spent a lifetime honing their skills, are the “unsung heroes of ink”.

Post-screening discussion with film director Olivia Wang, papermaker She Xianbing, art historian Yang Hongzhe and moderated by M+ Paper Conservator Jo-Fan Huang.

The conversation will be held in Mandarin and English, with simultaneous translation in English

Olivia Wang

Olivia Wang is an independent art curator, consultant and writer. Her writing on contemporary Chinese ink art has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, ArtAsiaPacific, Orientations, Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art, among others. Olivia has served as Representative of the Ink Society since 2015. Unsung Heroes of Ink is Olivia’s debut documentary, which she directed and produced. Olivia holds a BA from Brown University and MPhil from Oxford University.

She Xianbing

She Xianbing has worked in the paper industry from the age of 16. In 1999, he established his own paper mill, Yi Xuan Ge Paper Factory (藝宣閣廠), in Jing County, Anhui Province.




Yang Hongzhe

Yang Hongzhe has pursued painting and calligraphy as a serious hobby throughout his professional life. In recent years, he has carried out extensive research on the materials used by ink artists, and the craftsmanship involved in their production. Yang Hongzhe is a graduate of the Fine Arts Department at Ningxia University. He is based in Beijing.


Jo-Fan Huang

Jo-Fan Huang (Moderator) is the Paper Conservator at M+. Since graduating from the Winterthur/University of Delaware program for art conservation in 2005, she has worked in museums and research centers such as the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Straus Center for Conservation, Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority. She has experience in conserving a range of Western and Eastern paper-based artworks.


Event Details

Wed 12 Feb 2020
6:30 - 8:15 p.m.

Asia Society Hong Kong Center, 9 Justice Drive, Admiralty

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