Blackrock Center for the Arts Presents Mark Parascandola

By Editorial Team on November 18, 2015

Sat, 21 November 2015 - Sat, 19 December 2015

Photo courtesy of Blackrock Center for the Arts.
Work by Mark Parascandola
Photo courtesy of Blackrock Center for the Arts.


Reception: Saturday, November 21 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm


Artist Talk: Sunday, December 13 beginning at 4pm.

Massey is incredibly pleased to announce new photographic work by artist Mark Parascandola. Following along his previous series, Once Upon a Time in Almeria, China Film documents film sets and locations around Beijing, Shanghai, and Hengdian, China. The exhibition will be on view November 18-December 19, 2015 at BlackRock Center for the Arts. Plans to travel the exhibition are in the exploratory stages.

China is the second largest film market in the world, after the U.S., and it continues to grow. Box office receipts amounted to $2.8 billion in 2013. Around the country, entire towns have been constructed for the sole purpose of making movies. An hour’s drive outside Shanghai is a film lot that includes a reconstruction of several blocks of circa 1930s Nanjing Road, Shanghai’s famous shopping high street. Hengdian, in a region of the country known for manufacturing cheap souvenirs, consists of five distinct film villages, including a full-size replica of the Forbidden City. All of the permanent sets portray aspects of Chinese history. While most films produced here get little attention outside the Chinese market, the state-run film industry is working to change that. Just as Hollywood became an essential tool for U.S. ‘soft power’ diplomacy in the twentieth century, China’s growing film industry seeks to have a similar global influence in this century.

About Artist  Mark Parascandola
Mark Parascandola is a photographer based in Washington DC. A PhD epidemiologist by training, he uses photography to explore the interactions between human populations and their environment. Last year Mark was awarded an Individual Artist Fellowship from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, and he was previously selected a Finalist for the Sondheim Prize in 2011 and a Semi-Finalist for Critical Mass in 2012. His work has been featured at galleries in Washington, DC and in Spain and appears in the DC Art Bank and numerous individual collections. His exhibit ‘Once Upon a Time in Almería’ was shown at the Embassy of Spain in 2012 and has since traveled to Miami and other locations. In June 2014, his first photobook Carabanchel was published, including photographs and text about the infamous Franco-era prison in Madrid.

Gallery Hours:

  • Monday – Saturday: 10am to 5pm

Blackrock Center for the Arts is located at 12901 Town Commons Drive, Germantown, MD. For more information visit