Shaking Up Manchukuo’s History: Hao Jingban’s ‘Uninvited Guests’

Why We Recommend it

Chinese artist Hao Jingban’s first solo exhibition explores the subjectivity of interpretation and the politicalness of visual representations of the Manchukuo, a puppet state created in 1932 by Japan out of the three historic provinces of Manchuria (northeastern China).


Internationally renowned for her Beijing Ballroom project (2012-2016) in which she traces the contemporary Beijing ballrooms in Beijing to the early 1950s and post-Cultural Revolution in late 1970s, Hao Jingban (b.1985, Shanxi province, China) continues to take the world by storm with her experimental, documentary and essay films and exhibitions that weave together complex historical narratives and social movements.

In Uninvited Guests, she explores how Manchukuo identities are influenced by power dynamics and border geopolitics through historical investigations, archival research, field study and personal interviews.

On November 24, the gallery will play host to a live performance by established benshi (a Japanese narrator for silent films) Mr. Ichiro Kataoka of one of the exhibited works. Interested parties are asked to RSVP by sending an email to Ms. Sylvia Kwan (


When: 27 Nov 2018 - 12 Jan 2019 Where: Blindspot Gallery – 5/F, Po Chai Industrial Building, 28 Wong Chuk Hang Road – Wong Chuk Hang