Directed and produced by Hong Kong-based art curator and filmmaker Olivia Wang, the short documentary film Unsung Heroes of Ink shines a light on the often- overlooked role of paper in Chinese ink painting. Beijing-based artists Liu Dan and Shao Fan explain how paper shapes their work. Their collaborators are craftspeople in the remote Jing County, Anhui Province, who observe ancient methods to hand-produce Xuan paper. These craftspeople, who have spent a lifetime honing their skills, are the “unsung heroes of ink.”
The film has a run time of 25 minutes and will be followed by a discussion led by Jeff Abshear, Executive Director of the Kalamazoo Book Arts Center.