ACIAC Conversation: CHINA LOVE with Olivia Martin-McGuire

Just over 40 years ago, marriage in China was arranged by the state – romantic love was seen as a capitalist concept and was not allowed. Wedding photography consisted of one black and white passport photo of the couple as proof of the marriage. Now, China has fallen in love with love and its exploding wedding industry is worth 80 billion dollars. Pre-wedding photography is one of the most significant and curious parts, and something every couple marrying in China is eager to partake of. Up to a year before the wedding, every couple participates in elaborate shoots complete with fantasy costumes and backdrops. Not only are they proof of forthcoming marriage, but proof of the new era of love, romance, freedom, money and the new China dream.

Olivia Martin-McGuire will share with us her exploration of the pre-wedding photography industry in China today, focusing on her latest photography series and documentary film China Love.

Olivia will be in conversation with Dr Kiu-wai Chu, Postdoctoral Research Fellow of Australia-China Institute for Arts and Culture, Western Sydney University.

There will be a lucky draw and two free tickets for the screening of China Love. For more about the screening, please visit Sydney Film Festival (opens in a new window).


Date: Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Time: 1.00 - 2.00pm

Venue: EA.G.03, Australia-China Institute for Arts and Culture, Parramatta Campus (South), Western Sydney University

Limited seats. RSVP Essential. Please RSVP HERE (opens in a new window) before 11 June, 2018.

About the Filmmaker

Olivia Martin-McGuire is an Australian documentary photographer and filmmaker based in Shanghai. Her solo exhibitions in Australia and China have been held at the Australian Centre for Photography, Customs House, Brisbane Museum, Liangzhou Photo Festival and Photo Shanghai. She is a member of the Eyes on China project, a collective of photo and video journalists in China. She completed her tertiary studies at UNSW College of Fine Arts. Her first feature-length documentary China Love is nominated for the Documentary Australia Foundation Award for Australian Documentary, and is opening at 2018 Sydney Film Festival.