Rescuing Memory: "Beijing Silvermine" and Recycled

2014-04-20 14:00 - 16:00

Rescuing Memory: "Beijing Silvermine" and Recycled

When: 20 April 2014, Sunday 14:00
Where: UCCA Auditorium

Thomas Sauvin


Thomas Sauvin, a Frenchman who has lived in China for the past ten years, has undertaken an astounding project centered on Beijing life: he traveled around Beijing scouring trash dumps and recycling depots for discarded photo negatives. Thus far Sauvin has collected and carefully archived over half a million amateur snapshots from the past twenty years. When young Chinese artist Lei Lei learned about the project, he was so touched that he contacted Sauvin and asked if he could use the found images in an animation work. In this lecture, Sauvin and Lei discuss this project as well as their most recent collaboration.


Thomas Sauvin
He is a French photography collector and editor living in Beijing. Since 2006, he has worked as a consultant for the UK-based Archive of Modern Conflict, for which he collects Chinese documentary materials, from contemporary photography to period publications to anonymous snapshots. The collection includes thousands of prints and highlights the works of more than fifty contemporary Chinese photographers. A glimpse into this collection is presented in the photo book Happy Tonite, published by AMC in 2010. In May 2009, Sauvin began his project "Beijing Silvermine", salvaging negatives from a recycling plant on the edge of Beijing where they had been sent to be filtered for their silver nitrate. Taken by ordinary and anonymous Chinese, they offer slivers of daily life during the peak of silver film photography in China.


Lei Lei
He is an up-and-coming Chinese multimedia artist who works with animation, graphic design, illustration, graffiti, and music. In 2009 he received a master's degree in animation from Tsinghua University. His film This Is LOVE was shown at the Ottawa International Animation Festival in 2010, where it won Best Narrative Short. His 2013 film Recycled was shown at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival and won Best Non-Narrative Short at the Holland Animation Film Festival.


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