Casey Wei: Murky Colors + Vater und Sohn/Father and Son/父与子

Curated by Jenn Jackson

Co-presented by 221A and The Cinematheque

Two works by Vancouver-based interdisciplinary artist, filmmaker, and musician Casey Wei screen at The Cinematheque as part of sum of the parts, a curatorial research project by Jenn Jackson. sum of the parts brings together films, performances, and installations by artists who activate personal histories drawn from familial and public record. Throughout the spring season, events and research associated with sum of the parts, featuring work by Deanna Bowen, Felix Kalmenson, Divya Mehra, Krista Belle Stewart, and Casey Wei, will be hosted at 221A’s Pollyanna 圖書館 Library, 221 Georgia St. E., and other venues. For further information, visit

sum of the parts is supported by the Killy Foundation and the Audain Endowment through the Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory and the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, University of British Columbia.


Murky Colors
Canada 2013. Dir: Casey Wei. 47 min. DCP

Casey Wei's expansive multi-narrative video is based on a suspense-spy novel written by her father, Menjin Wei. Through documentary and appropriative strategies, Wei explores the personal and political processes involved in adapting the novel to a made-for-Hollywood screenplay. Wei plays all the roles in the film herself, and collages together self-shot and appropriated footage to explore themes of family, memory, and history.


Vater und Sohn/Father and Son/父与子
Canada 2014. Dir: Casey Wei. 75 min. DCP

A well-known syndicated comic strip in Germany and China, E. O. Plauen’s Vater und Sohn (1934-37), serves as the entry point for Vancouver-based artist Casey Wei’s video essay. Combining documentary and travelogue footage with appropriated images, it traces the migration of Plauen’s comic strip from Nazi Germany to Maoist China. As a child growing up in Shanghai, Wei read collections of the comic and assumed it was Chinese. In 2012, she stumbled across an image of it online in German and was shocked to discover its true origins. Wei travelled to Germany and China to interview people who encountered the strip in various contexts. By framing failed utopian political strategies of the 20th century through the lens of this comic, Wei provokes the personal and social narratives embedded within state propaganda.


Regular ticket prices in effect. Membership in The Cinematheque not required for this event.