Award Winner and Honorees Announced: The 2nd MEIHODO International Visual Media Festival North American Region Competition

Zing Art Group
Aug 1 · 17 min read
4th Poster Edition © Zing Art Group, The 2nd MEIHODO International Visual Media Festival North American Region Competition

Zing Art Group Inc. is pleased to announce the final Award Winner and Honorees of the Second MEIHODO International Youth Visual Media Festival Award of the North American Region.

Hosted by Brilliant Media & Communications LLC, Zing Art Group, as the primary organizer, has issued an open call for entries of all media-based artworks in the North America Region and have collected high volumes of submissions of works from young emerging artists and filmmakers by the end of June, 2019. 31 shortlisted entries from North America came from 41 universities in the United States (well-reputed comprehensive universities such as Harvard University, New York University, University of Pennsylvania, and University of California, Los Angeles, as well as top-rate art schools such as the Parsons School of Design, Rhode Island School of Art, Maryland Institute College of Art, Pratt Institute School of Art, School of Visual Arts, Savannah College of Art and Design, Indiana University and Rochester Institute of Technology).

Very much delighted, Zing Art Group has invited industry experts, critics, professional artists and filmmakers to join the jury committee for the final selection of the works of the Second MEIHODO Visual Media Award Prize of the North America Region.

Jury Committee:

Xiaoxi Huang 黄晓昕. Independent producer, Honorary Director of Canada International Chinese Film Association (CICFA).

Rosa Valado. Contemporary Artist, Founder and Director of The Greenpoint Film Festival since 2011, and Woven Spaces since 1996, a not-for-profit arts organization working with communities worldwide.

Simone Douglas. Curator, Contemporary Artist, Director of MFA Fine Arts Program, and Professor at Parsons The New School for Design.

Ewing Yiyun Luo 骆翼云. Filmmaker. Directed Peacemaker from Nankingwhich received International Emmys JCS Young Creatives Award. Producing work includes feature film The Last which screened in Chicago Jewish Film Festival.

Bruno Barros. Independent Filmmaker, Producer, who is known for his works on A Quiet Place (2018), Tully (2018), Spider-man: Far from Home (2019).

Lingfei Luan 栾凌菲. Scholar in Film Criticism, Member of China Film Association, Society for the Cognitive Studies of the Moving Image, and Ph.D. Candidate in Neural & Cognitive Sciences at Bowling Green State University.

Here is the Final Announcement of the Award Winner and Honorees of the Second MEIHODO International Youth Visual Media Festival Award of the North American Region.

Award Winner:

Audry Funk

Digital Film Poster © Audry Funk by Yiwei Chen and Chuang Xu.

Yiwei Chen

FILM DIRECTOR

New York based independent filmmaker. She received her master’s degree in Social Documentary Films from School of Visual Arts.specializes in documentary and commercial films. Key focuses in her work are women, youth culture, and creatives. Her recent personal documentary film Audry Funk has been selected to present in New York Independent Film Festival. Chen has been working with editorial and commercial clients. Past clients include Estée Lauder; InStyle; Nautica; VISION; Burgundy Assemblage; ZOHO Music and others.

Chuang Xu

FILM DIRECTOR | PRODUCER

Chuang Xu is a multi-disciplinary film director and producer based in New York. After receiving his MFA degree in Social Documentary Film in School of Visual Arts, Chuang co-founded the film production company “Mrs. Skeleton.” Since 2016, he has been working on his new documentary feature “Twinkle Dammit!” which features the celebrated pianist Margaret Leng Tan and composer George Crumb.

Chuang’s career started in 2013, he worked for Conservation International, produced short documentary series for CI’s freshwater project and “Nature is speaking” series in China. His short fiction film projects got different awards at film festivals in China, Hong Kong and Japan.

Director Statement

Audry Funk was inspired very directly from my own experience of being a newcomer in the U.S. from a very different cultural background. After living in China for most of my life, I came to New York to pursue my career as a filmmaker. In the first year I came here I met Audry who had only been in New York for one year just like I did. Although we came from very different culture backgrounds, we had already gained many commonalities as new arrivals and shared same values in creative passion, civic duty and women’s rights.

My work takes a critical view of social and cultural issues. Having engaged subjects as diverse as the immigrant rights movement, Asian-American hip-hop music and contemporary women’s voice, my work reproduces familiar visual and aural signs, arranging them into new conceptually cinematic journeys. My films use realistic settings with a large scope to open the imagination and ignite the curiosity of an audience. Although there may not always be material similarities between the different projects they are linked by recurring formal concerns and through the subject matter. The effect of this allows viewers to ‘escape’ and let their guard down, which in turn allows me to open them to ideas and emotions.

Statement & Synopsis

Audry Funk follows Audry, a feminist rapper who has recently moved to New York from Puebla, Mexico. Married to her American-Mexican husband, Altoveli and living in the Bronx, she anxiously awaits her green card which prevents her from working legally in the U.S. Despite having an influential career in Central America, Audry is forced to pursue her music career and earn cash by rapping on the subway and joining hoards of other undocumented workers in the food service industry. The close relationship between director and subject allows the viewer to stand by Audry’s side during her challenging first year in America. By spending time with her, the two sides of Audry are revealed, the shy and quiet girl with poor English, overwhelmed by life in New York City, and the fierce and fearless Audry Funk. The film takes its name from Audry’s stage name, and the film weaves Audry’s aspirations and convictions as an artist and the realities of her daily life. One of the reasons Audry has left Mexico is because of the threat to politically oriented artists and musicians. Audry’s music is motivated by social injustices prevalent in Mexico, including the murders and disappearances of her peers. The film shows her trying to continue this advocacy and activism from the relative safety of the United States. Despite feeling more secure in her new home, Audry is nostalgic for what she has left behind, especially her aging parents. While she waits for her papers to come through she is unable to return home to visit them, and she laments that the news she is reporting back to her family is not an accurate portrayal of the struggles she is facing in New York City. The story of Audry gaining her green card plays an important role in the film, and we watch her nervously preparing and practicing for her interview with the government. In an affectionate and funny scene with friends who have already gone through the process, we come to understand the hostility and suspicion placed on non-citizens marrying Americans by border control. At the end of the film Audry acquires her green card and puts on a large concert at Harvard University, and the film charts her emotional growth from someone who regrets the move she has made to New York to an individual with a bright and hopeful future.

Trailer:

Film Trailer © Audry Funk by Yiwei Chen and Chuang Xu.

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Silver Plate Prize:

APPTOPIA

JIǓ SHÉN • DIONYSUS: TRILOGY

North American Region 2nd Place Honorees:

Digital Film Poster © APPTOPIA by Mengna Jiang.

Mengna Jiang

Ins @mengna_0605

Gained her BFA in Drama Film, and Television from Beijing Film Academy, Mengna Jiang received a full tuition scholarship to pursue her MS degree in Design Media Art at the University of California. Los Angeles (UCLA). Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally with solo and group exhibitions including Weight Gallery, LA, LA ART SHOW, Grad Gallery, Cerritos College Art Collective & Festival, LA. As lead Production designer, she has been widely in charge of various film production including Iron Hands, Summer Park, which have been selected for over 75 Festivals and Awards events worldwide and has been honored with many prestigious award including: Best Foreign Short Film Award, 16th Tribeca Film Festival, 21st Los Angeles International Short Film Festival, Grand Jury Prize for Best Short Film, Seoul International Youth Film Festival, Pineapple Underground Film Festival, and Remi Award Winner, Worldfest-Houston International Film Festival.

Snapshot © APPTOPIA by Mengna Jiang.

Statement & Synopsis

In the media art installation Apptopia, two protagonists — male and female — are positioned within a virtual futurist urban space. There are only two living beings. Their naked bodies are enormous and decorated with various website symbols and social media logos. Situated alongside a concrete forest of skyscrapers, the two protagonists are seen as the conspicuous monument of loneliness and isolation. There is a distance between the two protagonists, yet they seem to be unable to move towards each other. Their eyes are full of sadness and hopelessness, a strong emotional indication of alienation that can be clearly identified through their facial expressions.

Snapshot © APPTOPIA by Mengna Jiang.

Sometimes, they appear to be sighing and attempting to communicate with each other. With a virtual world that is filled with all kinds of social media means, their loss of communication seems particularly absurd and ultimately, ironic. In other words, the two characters’ attempt at communication is simply an act of performativity as they try to mimic a conversation. Nevertheless, their exchange of feelings is carried out and visualized through symbols: they are seemingly forced to spit out a string of social media logos from their mouths, such as Facebook, Yelps, Twitter, etc. Additionally, their bodies are affixed by digital Apps symbols, the semiotic tattoo of today’s cyberculture. Indeed, I have come to think of the world as an ensemble of apps; I feel that my life has been reconstructed into as a string of apps, a “meta-app.” As the feeling that social media apps have taken over my life grew stronger, a miniature of desolate- uninhabited- futuristic city that is swallowed up by apps began to formulate itself in my mind. Perhaps the two lonely giant protagonists represent today’s postmodern people. We are lonely, yet refuse to talk. The pleasure of social networking consumes us. We are forced to accept every new trendy technology passively. Our hate-love relationship with digital media is separating us from the real world, leading us towards a psychological limbo that is full of hedonism and escapism.

Digital Film Poster ©JIǓ SHÉN • DIONYSUS: TRILOGY by Scynge Xing.

Scynge Xing

Ins @scynge

www.xingyunxin.com

Born in Beijing, China, Scynge Xing is a New York-based multimedia artist whose interdisciplinary work deals with issues of identity, memories, and personal narratives. Graduated from Parsons the School of Design with an MFA degree in Fine Art, Xing creates works which explore the ontology and the representation of the individual, for whom its notion always remains in flux through the medium of time and space. Her work has been showing internationally with both solo and group exhibitions including Westfield World Trade Center, Piers 59 Studio, NY, Westbeth Gallery, NY, Skybridge Art Space, NY, 25 East Gallery, NY, Carlos Art Gallery,TN, and Longmen Art Museum, Beijing.

Jiǔ Shén • Dionysus, Trilogy: Part I © Scynge.Studio.Presents.

Artist Statement:

It occurs to me, history was a series of timelines, scattered, discarded, and recollected at various while random places. With a vignette gleaned from the past, I “write” stories; I “write” the story which lingerson an untimely ideal, a pursuit for the calling on a forgotten dream. I create mythologies, personal mythologies, which intertwine with various timelines of the past and the present, weaved into an alternative truth for a kind of life beyond the self, looking upon threads of the future.

Jiǔ Shén • Dionysus, Trilogy: Part II © Scynge.Studio.Presents.

Synopsis:

Jiǔ Shén • Dionysus is an ongoing five-year performance and an interdisciplinary project which takes sand, alcohol, gasoline, and fire to make temporary land art and installation in the desert. The title includes two sections: Jiǔ Shén is the words comprised of letters in the Romanization system for the word, 酒神, in Standard Chinese, meaning “the god of wine and liquor;” while Dionysus refers to the mythology of the ancient Greek God of wine, festivity, and ecstasy. It evokes a sense of ceremony and indicates a structure of the ritual, which prescribes time and space through a series of arranged bodily movements. It grants the possibility to establish a sense of meaning through which value is maintained through the re-occurrence of a series of repeated actions. The presence of the artist’s body contrasted the destruction of the material in the process of the burning, by which it stresses an embodied knowledge, to which the presence of the performer, the repeated movements, and the changes on the objects make it even more prevalent within the operation of the performance.

Jiǔ Shén • Dionysus, Trilogy: Part III ©Scynge.Studio.Presents.

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Bronze Plate Prize:

Poetic Gaze

Wall

Dreamland

BK Bridge

Chinese in New York

Drive Through

North American Region 3rd Place Honorees:

Digital Film Poster © Poetic Gaze by CAIYIXUAN and YUXIAORAY

Yixuan Cai

FILM DIRECTOR

Graduated from Rhode Island School of Design, major in Architecture, and minor in Film/Amination/Video. Her practice spans from architecture/space design, video and film, to participatory art and theatre. Her works investigate the narrative in space, formation of action and relations in participatory art. Her film and video works take on a poetic and humorous tone in portraying serious situation (issues). Her film is guided and recommended by Ramon Rivera-Moret and Sheri Wills.

Xiaorui Yu

FILM DIRECTOR

Specialize in computer art, visual effects, 3D animation and compositing, cinematography and photography. By combining production and post production skills, such as green screen and 4k video workflow, Xiaorui Yu has been pursuing perfection of filmmaking, technically, visually and narratively. His work is guided and recommended by Chris Newman.

Statement & Synopsis

The film tells a story about a 40-year-old “emerging” performance artist, who performs the “Poetic Gaze” — — see through the surveillance camera and read from the other side of the monitor. His bizarre and magical performance has provoked the security staff, while also wins him public attention and the first opportunity to perform in a fashion show “Social Virus”. However, his work is being judged, criticized and modified, which totally depoliticize his
anti-surveillance performance. Even though the process is frustrating and disoriented, he discovers the significance of his practice when he realizes that the actual surveillance comes from the people around him.

Digital Poster © Wall by Nandan Sam He.

Nandan Sam He

https://www.nandansamhe.com

Nandan Sam He (GuangDong, China 1991) is a multimedia artist whose work mainly swing between interactive sculpture, mix media video/animation installation. She gain her BFA from Maryland Institute College of Art, and MFA from Mount Royal School of Interdisciplinary Art. Her work has been exhibited in Yui Gallery, New York; Novado Gallery, Long Island City; Elsewhere studio, Colorado; Sheila& Richard Riggs gallery, Baltimore; Maryland federation of art, Washington; Walter Otero Contemporary Art Gallery, San Juan, Puerto Rico; etc. She is the Co-Founder of Chameleon Gallery, now lives and works in New York.

Selected Work: Wall

My works are fragments of a recovering voyage towards my odd phantasm and nihilistic belongingness. My generation grew up in a perception that reality is the most surreal thing. When everything speeds up, I am floating in a marginalized social structure and falling into a groundless land, incapable of escaping. There is a limited capacity of space in my brain, but extensive information fills in every day. Thus, I inhabit my subconscious in my works — a place beneath the past, beyond dimension, echoing by its own present to reminds me how I miss my childhood. I am creating intimacy spaces that explore the rawness of a contemporary self and reveals an irrational order of a hyper normalized wonderland.

Fuchen Kuang

Graduated from Pratt Institute with a Master Degree of Fine Art Communications Design, Currently based in New York City as a Graphic Design Specialist with 4 years of experience in the design process, implementation, and management from idea development to delivery. Experiences also include coordination and communication of various creative, production services, and marketing departments.

Selected Work: Bk Bridge

Photography © BK Bridge byFuchen Kuang.

Wenkai Li

Wenkai Li was born in Shenzhen, China in 1993. She received her MFA in Photographic and Electronic Media from Maryland Institute College of Art (2018). She is a photographer and video creator. For now, she lives in Manhattan, New York.

Selected Work: Dreamland

Digital Poster© Dreamland by Wenkai Li.

Artist Statement

In her art works, she wants to talk about the relationship between reality world and ideal world. she thinks the ideal world is always present form people’s spiritual and dreams are the continuation of life and diffusion of perception. So she always uses dream as an entry point. She wants to create her own dreamland, which is fulfilled with her personal emotion and her understanding about time, space, and emotion.

For her, idealism is a pursuit based on belief. Idealism must be based on the spiritual level, but it does not exclude material. Then, idealism is closely linked with faith and it always from some places where have belief. With the development of society, people become more and more realism because of some specifically reasons. She just wants to say we live in a reality world but we still need to keep something beautiful inner.

Jiaqi Pan

Jiaqi Pan was born and raised in China. She received her BA in photography from the University of Alabama (2016) and an MFA from University of Pennsylvania (2018). Working primarily with photography, she is interested in exploring her relationship to strangers, time and herself.

Selected Work: Drive-Through

Photography © Drive-Through by Jiaqi Pan.

Artist Statement

As a foreigner looking in, the way I see America may differ from the way Americans see their own country. The focus of my work is on the working class, specifically women of the service sector. These photographscelebrate female African-Americans as individuals, working in the low-wage, fast food industry. This body of work entitled Drive-through (or Drive-thru), reveals spaces and environments we encounter but sometimes overlook in our everyday lives. The shape of the window frames the individual both compositionally and metaphorically. A single female worker sits isolated within the window, darkness engulfs these buildings and artificial light emanates outward, perhaps shining like a beacon. I believe these photographs are important because they reveal the individuality of the low-wage female workers. When viewing this work, I invite viewers to consider often-overlooked spaces and the individuals working there. At the fast-food drive-thru, it is important to slow down to and see the details.

Shaoyi Zhang

Born in northwestern China, Shaoyi Zhang fell in love with photography when his grandfather, a photojournalist before China’s Cultural Revolution, gave him a Zeiss Ikon folding camera. After a career in editorial and commercial photography in both Shanghai and Auckland, New Zealand, he came to the U.S. to earn his master’s degree in digital photography from New York City’s prestigious School of Visual Arts. Now based in the city, Zhang specializes in studio and location portraiture. His personal work includes a recent series of portraits of successful Chinese professionals living and working in New York City, intended to challenge the stereotypes associated with American immigrants from his native land.

ARTIST WEBSITE:

Artist Statement

I believe photographs have the power to make a change because images carry information about the subjects. Portraits are my way to share stories, cultures, and diversities.When I moved from my native China to New York City, I felt much more aware of my cultural identity. I also learned more about America’s historical stereotypes of Chinese immigrants, who were subject to both individual mistreatment and governmental oppression. The latter included the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, which prohibited immigration of Chinese laborers on the grounds that they drove down wages and took jobs from American workers. It was the first such American action against a specific ethnic group — unlike Donald Trump’s attempted Muslim ban, the act was widely supported — and wasn’t revoked until 1943.

In this project, the settings and props indicate the subject’s occupation: a Chinese physicist in front of a blackboard full of chalk computations; a Chinese artist standing in his sculptures studio a police officer sitting on car bumper. I choose the portraits’ locations by spending time at each subject’s workplace, but once the scene is established I carefully frame, style, and light the image.

Selected Work: Chinese in New York

Photography © Chinese in New York by Shaoyi Zhang.

INVITATION LIST

OFFICIAL SCREENING AND EXHIBITION AT 2ND MEIHODO YOUTH INTERNATIONAL VISUAL MEDIA FESTIVAL, FUKUOKA, JAPAN:

影片展映

YIWEI CHEN | CHUANG XU

陈艺唯 | 许创

Audry Funk

YIXUAN CAI | XIAORUI YU

蔡艺璇 | 于晓睿

Poetic Gaze

EMILY YING CHEN | 陈颖

撞Conflict

NANDAN SAM HE | 赫南丹

Wall

MENGNA JIANG | 姜蒙娜

Apptopia

WENKAI LI | 李汶锴

Dreamland

MENGMEI PAN | 泮梦媚

Sound Notes 4.0

SHIFEI TAI | 太史飞

Last Word

SCYNGE XING | 邢云馨

JiǔShén • Dionysus: A Line

DIER ZHANG | 张荻⼉

Collective Ritual

HARRY HONGYU ZHOU | 周泓宇

In-Between

摄影展览

Jie Dai | 戴洁

Rust Fancy

Shelly Wuchao Feng | 冯吴超

In-Out-Sider

Fuchen Kuang | 匡扶臣

BK Bridge

Ming-Hsuan Lee | 李明轩

Forest Whispers

Lanny Xiuzhu Li | 李修⽵

RED

Xiaohan Li | 李箫函

Hide & See

Wenqingao Reven Lei | 雷文晴骜

Lost in Metamorphoses

Jiaqi Pan | 潘佳琪

Drive Through

Ryan Jiaqi Song | 宋佳奇

Ordinary

Yiyi Wang | 王一伊

Misty Cloud

Liang Xi | 梁熙

Jumper

Ye Xu | 徐晔

Mu Qu Zhao Lai:暮去朝来

Yan Yu | 闫雨

New Chinatown Archive

Shaoyi Zhang | 张绍亿

Chinese in New York

Zoe Zhewei Zhao | 赵哲巍

Observation

MEIHODO International Youth Visual Media Festival

https://www.miuvef.com

MEIHODO International Youth Visual Media Festival, jointly organized by MEIHODO Co., Ltd. and Beijing Film Academy, is a communicative platform for young visual media professionals from all over the world. The festival aims to foster the growth of today’s visual media talents, promote global development and education of this art form to guide future trends, and attract skillful visual media makers and journalists global wide to this international platform. In this way, we hope to contribute our own effort to the cultivation of a reserve of creative young talents with global visions in this new era of multimedia.

Zing Art Group Inc

https://www.zingartgroup.com

Primary Organizer of the North America Region of the 2nd MEIHODO International Youth Visual Media Festival Award

Zing Art Group is the first and largest Asian artist and event planning agency in North America. The artists presented by Zing Art Group have won international awards, such as A’ Design Award, GDUSA, Core77, IDA, etc. Zing Art Group work closely with more than 50 art institutions and galleries worldwide to provide the best resources and opportunities to help shape artists’ career path. Zing Art Group hopes to establish effective communication and to build up the platform of visibility for outstanding young Asian artists. Zing Art Group is dedicated to young artists’ professional development and aims to promote art and innovations of the Asian Art community in North America through different curatorial events, publications, and public media exposure.

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