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Exhibition (de)Tour: The Life of Memory: Xiaolu Guo on her writing and filmmaking by Xiaolu Guo

12 Jan 2021, Tue 07:00 PM - 08:30 PM


In Trinh T. Minh-ha’s newest work What About China? (Part I of II, 2020–2021), Xiaolu Guo reads from her memoir Nine Continents: A Memoir In and Out of China (2017) as a voice-over. Reflecting on her childhood, her early career in the Beijing art world, and her current life in Europe, aspects of which are chronicled in her films and novels as well as in her memoir, this (de)Tour focuses on the relationship between memories and art practice.

Guo’s presentation will be followed by a conversation between her, Ute Meta Bauer, Founding Director, NTU CCA Singapore and Professor, NTU School of Art, Design and Media, and Dr Sim Wai Chew, Associate Professor, NTU School of Humanities.

Co-presented with NTU School of Humanities and the Asia Creative Writing Programme



Xiaolu Guo/郭小橹 (China/United Kingdom) is a novelist, essayist and filmmaker. A graduate of the Beijing Film Academy and the UK National Film and Television School, she has worked both in Europe and China in cinema and literature. She is one of the inaugural fellows of the Columbia Institute of Ideas and Imagination in Paris and a jury member for the Man Booker Prize 2019. Named as a Granta Best of Young British Novelists in 2013, she has written eight books, directed eleven features and documentaries, and won numerous awards. Her novels include A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers (2007) and I Am China (2014). Her memoir Once Upon A Time In The East (2017) won the National Book Critics Circle Award 2017 and was shortlisted for the Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize and Costa Book Awards. Her most recent novel, A Lover’s Discourse (2020), was shortlisted for The Goldsmiths Prize 2020.

Her feature film, The Concrete Revolution (2004) won the Grand Prix,  International Human Rights Film Festival, Paris, and Special Jury Prize, EBS International Documentary Film Festival, Seoul, both in 2005. How Is Your Fish Today? (2006), Sundance Film Festival 2006 Official Selection, received the Grand Jury Prize for Best Feature Fiction Film, International Women Film Festival, Paris, and special mention for the Netpac Tiger Awards, Lino Miccichè Award, and Jury Prize at the Rotterdam Film Festival, Pesaro Film Festival, and Fribourg International Film Festival respectively in 2007. She, A Chinese (2009), Toronto and Pusan Film Festivals Official Selections 2009, received the Golden Leopard Award at the Locarno International Film Festival and Montblanc Scriptwriting Award at the Hamburg Film Festival, in the same year. Once Upon A Time Proletarian (2009), Venice, Toronto and Pusan Film Festivals Official Selections 2009 and TIFF 2010, received Special Jury Award, Cines del Sur Film Festival, Granada, New Directors/New Films, MoMA, New York, both 2008, and the Grand Prix de Genève 2011. UFO In Her Eyes (2011), TIFF 2011, was awarded the second prize for the City of Venice Award, 70a Mostra Internazionale d’Arte Cinematografica, Venice, 2013.

Guo had her film retrospective at Whitechapel Gallery, London (2019), and Cinémathèque Suisse, Lausanne (2011). She was a visiting professor at Columbia University, New York, and is currently a writer-in-residence at Baruch College, The City University of New York.