Tate Modern Film

Wang Bing: Man with No Name

Wang Bing Man with No Name 2010, film still. Courtesy the artist and Galerie Chantal Crousel

Explore a moving portrait of life cut off from civilisation

Artist and filmmaker Wang Bing joins us to launch the series with the first London screening of 2010’s Man with No Name, followed by a discussion.

Set in a deserted wasteland in China, Man with No Name intimately captures the daily life and subsistence strategies of a forty-year old cave dweller. Shot over a one-year period, the film follows its anonymous protagonist’s search for food, materials and fertile soil in the neighbouring fields, ruins and villages through the changes in season. Speaking only occasionally to himself, he ploughs and plants his fields, collects rainwater and wood, and mends the mud walls of a homestead he chooses not to live in. A nuanced portrait of human isolation and self-sufficiency, Man with No Name observes life in its most elemental state.

Wang Bing Man with No Name, film still.

Wang Bing Man with No Name 2010, film still. Courtesy the artist and Galerie Chantal Crousel

Programme

Introduction by the artist

Man with No Name, 2010, DCP, colour, sound, 92 min

Discussion with the artist and Tate Film curators

The Wang Bing: Traces series is programmed in parallel with the UK premiere of Dead Souls at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, 27-28 November 2018.

Tate Modern

Starr Cinema

Bankside
London SE1 9TG
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Date & Time

23 November 2018 at 18.30–21.00