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Shan Sa at Emory University

Exhibition, Workshop

Cox Hall at Emory University
569 Asbury Cir
Atlanta, GA, 30322

April 3-18, 2024

From April 3-18, visit Emory University for these exciting events with acclaimed Sino-French writer and painter Shan Sa, as part of Emory’s ECRIVAIN.E.S D’AUJOURD’HUI series, which promotes contemporary French women authors.

Reading Groups in Cox Hall Classroom A

April 3 | 4:30-6pm | In English

April 4 | 4:30-6pm | In French

Art Workshop in Cox Hall Arts Lab

April 15 | 4:30-6pm | In Mandarin

April 16 | 4:30-6pm | In French

April 17 | 4:30-6pm | In English

Sign up now, as spots are limited for these workshops! Any artwork created during these sessions may be displayed alongside Shan Sa’s exhibit in the Cox Hall Computing Lab.

Aesthetic Entanglements: Words, Silence, Colors, Shades in White Hall 205

April 18 | 5pm | A round-table discussion with writer-painter Shan Sa

This discussion accompanies the stunning exhibit of 17 watercolor paintings by Shan Sa that is currently on display in the Cox Hall Computing Lab at Emory University.

Shan Sa was born in Beijing. She began writing and publishing poems at the age of 7. Her first collection of poems was published at the age of 10 and was widely lauded by the most prominent Chinese poets, novelists, and literature critics of the 20th century, including Ai Qing, Liu Xinwu, Yan Wenjing, and Xie Mian. In 1990 Shan Sa left Beijing for further studies in Paris. In 1994, Shan Sa met the esteemed classical painter Balthus and his Japanese wife Setsuko in Switzerland and became their assistant. In 1997, Shan Sa released her first novel in French, Gate of Celestial Peace. The novel won the Prix Goncourt for First Novel, the most prestigious literature prize of France. In 2001, she was again awarded the Prix Goncourt des Lycéens for The Girl Who Played Go. Since then, her works have been published in more than 30 languages worldwide. Her paintings have been exhibited in Paris, New York, Tokyo among other big cities in the world. In 2009, she was awarded the title of Chevalier de l‘Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. In 2011, she was given the title of Chevalier de l’Ordre du Mérite.

These events are sponsored by the Department of French and Italian at Emory University and co-sponsored by the Hightower Fund, the Department of Russian and East Asian Languages and Cultures, the East Asian Studies Program, the Department of Art History, Emory Libraries and Academic Technology Services, the Department of Comparative Literature, the Creative Writing Program, FERA, and the Emory College Language Center, with the support of Villa Albertine and the Consulate General of France in Atlanta.

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