Curated by Chinese artist, Wong Kar Wai, who is famed for filming fragmented and moody narratives, and directed by Wing Shya, who is best known for his photographs which incorporate his hometown of Hong Kong as both inspiration and backdrop, the Saint Laurent ‘A Night in Shanghai’ film marks the fifth chapter of the ongoing SELF project, following Daido Moriyama, Vanessa Beecroft, Bret Easton Ellis and Gaspar Noé.
‘A Night in Shanghai’ is a story about the introspective research of ourself, which starts from breaking the balance. Ju Xiaowen is walking on the wire, trying to find the balance in real life by comparing the past and the present, sharply contrasting. Looking for who she is and moved by the desire to express herself.
Initiated by Saint Laurent’s creative director Anthony Vaccarello, a year ago, the SELF series is a unique art project which brings creatives around the world to demonstrate the brand’s character through their own lenses, via different art forms such as exhibitions, films and events.
“Saint Laurent is unique, distinctive among high fashion. Anthony loves art and his designs worn gorgeously, and stays independent. Saint Laurent is always about ‘breaking the balance’ in this era, like no one else, the brand is brave in expressing itself,” says Wong Kar-wai.