In the 1970s, French philosopher and sociologist Roland Barthes traveled to China and reflected on a particular stratum of society, which he called the proletariat. By making use of this thought process filled with a sense of eroticism, the director develops his own reflections on the gaze of the other/s as well as his own gaze, as member of a class and an individual, from fragments of images that reveal and re-signify the past and present, the foreign and local gaze. (M.M.)
Peng Zuqiang works with film, video and installations. Recent exhibitions and screenings include EMAF, Alchemy, 25FPS, KasselerDok, Cell Project Space, E-Flux screening room, IDFA, Antimatter, and Open City Doc Festival. He is the recipient of the dialog prize at EMAF 2023, and a "Special Mention" from Festival Film Dokumenter, Yogyakarta for his first feature film, Nan (2020). A resident artist at Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten, he lives and works in Amsterdam.