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One of the most meaningful shows we currently have the opportunity to see in San Francisco is at the SF Arts Commission Gallery. The People’s Republic running through May 29, 2004 is by turns poignant, masterly, humorous, uncomfortable, and deeply human. A documentary video by Chinese artist Ning Ying, Railroad of Hope, sets the tone for the show with conversations engaging Chinese agricultural workers on a long train trip, telling stories from their own lives. Other pieces by an international roster of artists including Erick Beltran & Alejandro Magallanes, Sergio de la Torre, Stefan Gec, and the wonderful Emily Jacir, take the work formally and emotionally in various welcome directions.

- Cheryl Meeker [Friday, April 9th, 2004]

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