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John Rash

John Rash is a native of North Carolina who came to Duke with a background in still photography, graphic design, and teaching in higher education. During his time as a MFA-EDA student, John has explored audio visual relationships as a graduate affiliate of the Franklin Humanities Institute Audiovisualities Lab. Rash was also a recipient of a 2013-2014 academic year Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship for Mandarin Chinese, the head of the Kunshan Student Advisory Council (KSAC), and graduate assistant for the University Center Activities and Events Arts Annex. During the summer of 2013, Rash worked in China as group leader for Duke undergraduate interns and lived for a month along the Yangtze River doing fieldwork for his thesis works.



FRI, 3/21
Premiere Screening
Yangtze Drift
Full Frame Theater, American Tobacco Campus

FRI, 4/4
Opening Reception
Chai Qian: Inevitable Development
The Carrack Modern Art

FRI, 4/11
Closing Reception and Encore Screening
Chai Qian: Inevitable Development and Yangtze Drift
The Carrack Modern Art


Yangtze Drift

Digital Video
28 mins

The Yangtze River acts as a compass urging us along a graceful and looping path guided by the logic of film’s internal structure rather than physical geography or linear time. Language remains intentionally not translated reflective of the disparities of experience and accessibility. This meditative and beautiful river tour confounds our preconceptions while disputing the authenticity and innocence of the journey on which we have embarked.

Chāi Qiān(拆迁): Inevitable Development

This photo and video installation looks outward from the heart of the old-style residential communities that cluster along the edge of the Yangtze River in Chongqing, China. Both an exploration of landscape and lifestyles in an area in the midst change (during the summer of 2013 and spring of 2014), this work wrestles with questions of impending development, disrupted traditions, urban renewal, and the disparities in the quality of life in modern China.



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