“This short film crystallizes the creative harmony at the heart of China’s urban explosion,” Thomas Rhazi.
In “ChinaNOW”, a 2013 Nowness short documentary film, late French Director Thomas Rhazi (1985-2016) puts the spotlight on the lush state of creation and innovation in the world’s most heavily populated country. Through interviews with a number of VIPs in the realms of Chinese art, publishing and architecture, Rhazi paints the portray of a country in flux, a country that, despite its budding energy and certain creative freedoms, to this day remains impenetrable for the artist.
Growing up in Paris, Rhazi’s career kicked off in the field of fashion photography and he worked as director of photography before diving and delving into the world of directing. Rhazi has left us with a hugely impressive body of work. His collected works display that offbeat, off the beaten path true talent for storytelling, combining a serious and often piercing approach with a visceral awareness of the power of visuals.
“ChinaNOW” features Architect Lyndon Neri and his wife/professional partner Rosanna Hu, alongside Jérôme Sans, co-founder of Beijing-based consultancy Perfect Crossovers and former director of the city’s Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, as well as Group Style Editorial Director of Modern Media Group Shaway Yeh, a publishing collective whose flagship title, “Modern Weekly”, boasts a wider circulation than “Vogue China”.
After tackling Beijing for some six years where she worked for China International Publishing Group, she spent a moment in time moseying down steep alleyways and writing about their fashionable and underground features in Hong Kong.
Van Paridon most recently managed to claw her way through a Europe-based academic endeavor called "Journalism". 'Tis in such fashion that she has now turned her lust for China Fashion/ Lifestyle and Underground into a full time occupation.
Van Paridon hunts down the latest in Chinese menswear, women’s clothing, designer newbies, established names, changes in the nation’s street scenery, close-ups of particular trends presently at play or of historical socio-cultural value in Chinaplus a selection of budding photographers.
Paired with a deep devotion to China’s urban underground scene, van Paridon holds a particular interest in the topics of androgyny, the exploration of individuality and the power that is the Key Opinion Leader (the local term for “influencers”) in contemporary China.
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