Most recent works of contemporary Chinese landscape photography depict natural scenery of wintry mood as well as cities undergoing insane development. In this exhibition, four contemporary photographic artists from China present another face of modern China from an alternate angle, thereby expressing their unique view points and their contemplations over the spirit of China as well as traditional culture.
Liu Yue immerses in the landscape the image of blankets which symbolise progression from pursuit of mere survival towards middle class status in China’s age of reform and openness. He experiments with landscape as the most embracing and the most intimate way for emotional discharge to recollect and record the historical remains held by these objects of proof.
In his works, Yang Yongliang wisely weaves the hustles of our cities with his landscape paintings, creating an innovative visual effect and thus cultivating a dialogue on urbanisation and modernisation.
The works of Ma Kan speak about the substantial existence of history contiously being eaten away by the apparent characteristics of economic development while the internal qualities of scenery have been gradually pulled back to their original positions by the puppet strings of the old days. He is concerned about when we would be cleared from the obscure deformity of the age of uncertainty during the time of elusive development.
Manually, Guo Peng dyed his black-and-white photos color to express the attention he gives to the natural landscape in literati’s ideals. He creates dreamy scenes that could not be told from illusion or reality. Dying his photos with tea water is part of his earlier behavioral art. In the 1960’s and 1970’s, which mark the age of material scarcity in China, the world of rich colors was deliberately imitated and processed. It is the romantic air of that period that Guo captures.
The four contemporary Chinese artists use photography to create a special sense of locality. They materialise, knit and dissolve nature, history and memory. From a virtual vantage point, they substantially reflect a social reality which is experiencing profound changes, allowing us to see development of today’s China from another perspective.