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Perhaps Our Daily Lives Are All Absurd

Zhang Xiao: “Behind this ostentatious city, there is always grief and tears, indifference and cruelty. I met them by chance and I longed to understand each of their lives and experiences. What were they thinking in the moment that these photographs were taken? Perhaps everyone has a different answer, and perhaps they have no answer at all. What was I thinking when I photographed them? I have no answer either. Because I am one of them, I am also indifferent. Perhaps our daily lives are all absurd.”

Where Wild Weeds And Modern Things Overlap

Huang Xiaoliang: “An Expectation or a New Miracle” is my series related to memory and yearning for the future. Many things from my memory appear in these works; these things are from scenes that I remember. The works are all on a line, like a platform for my feelings, where wild weeds and modern things overlap, uncovering some tiny specks of hope in a sad situation. All of this emerges from the shadows – shadows can be seen, but the thing itself cannot, as if it were the principle of time. It is like the reverse image of yourself in water, which allows you to examine yourself in the mist.Slight sadness is an absolutely necessary attitude towards past memories.

Most Of The Time I Allow The Audience To Be A Voyeur

The body images in this series related to a desire to reach intimacy and to the anxiety of unfulfilled intimacy. I employed a digital scanner as the camera in this series. I constructed life-size full body images of myself by scanning/photographing my body, section by section. Eighteen to twenty-four segmented images are used for each full body image. Scanner technology is normally used to reproduce. I used it to attempt to reveal my intimate self. Ironically, I saw the glass of the scanner as a symbolic barrier; no matter how accurately I express myself, there is always a barrier between others and me. Historically, patriarchal views dominate the representation of woman. Having lived in both the United States and China, I have been exposed to many rigid stereotypes about Chinese women in the popular imagination and everyday language. I cannot see myself as represented accurately in these ideas, but they are constantly projected on me by others. It is therefore important for me to be able to control my own image as a Chinese woman and to confirm my existence by making it public.

I Often Walked Around Zhuantang’s Street

Wang Huan, winner of the Three Shadows Photography Award’s Shiseido Prize: In the small town of Zhuantang near Hangzhou, lives a group of simple, decent people. It was this simplicity that moved me and made me want to record their lives and engage in this narration about life’s vicissitudes. By using a camera to catch this simplicity, I also achieved my artistic intention. As a result, I often walked around Zhuantang’s streets and alleys with my “toy camera,” keeping my “image diary”, my “alley graffiti.”

These Pure, Unaffected And Dirty Children

Yamalike Mountain lies in the city of Urumqi in Xinjiang Autonomous Region. The Urumqi Train Station stands at the foot of the mountain, with the railroad tracks forming a border of sorts. Yamalike Mountain is Urumqi’s main shanty-town, and people call it the slums. Tens of thousands of migrant or semi-migrant Uighur, Hui, Han, and Kyrghiz people live there. The mountain is their home, and the city below is the place where they try to make a living and pursue their dreams. Drawn there by destiny, I started taking photographs of this wild and lively mountain by chance. I became captivated by these pure, unaffected and dirty children.

Searching For Our Nature And Our Present State

Today’s presentation: “Silence,” by Mu Ge, semifinalist of the 2010 Three Shadows Photography Award. The award invited a five-member international jury to China, consisting of Les Rencontres d’Arles Photography Festival Director François Hébel, Museum of Modern Art Photography Curator Eva Respini, art critic Karen Smith, Japanese art critic Kotaro Iizawa, and Three Shadows Photography Art Centre Founder RongRong.

The Night Is As Bright As Day

The 2010 Three Shadows Photography Award is a juried competition that selects artists that display a spirit of individuality and artistic potential from the emerging trends of Chinese photography. Through professional production, criticism, exhibition, and publishing, the award introduces the newest achievements of Chinese contemporary photography to a broad audience. The juried competition is open to photographers of Chinese descent dedicated to the creation of contemporary photography art in China or abroad regardless of age. On January 22, 2010, the Three Shadows Photography Award committee made their preliminary selections. Twenty artists were chosen as semifinalists out of more than two hundred applicants.

Rainbows Are Stairways To God

Xiong Wenyun found the inspiration for her work “Moving Rainbow” as she passed by the humble houses sprinkled along the highways of Tibet. She incorporates the colors of Tibetan prayer flags into their structures, creating striking compositions whose simple beauty is endowed with a message of environmental activism. “I hoped very much that the moving rainbows would awaken people’s concern for the natural ecology and the human environment along these roads that run across the roof of the world,” says Xiong Wenyun.

The Beauty Of Ruins, Nature And Man

Chinese photographer RongRong and his wife, Japanese photographer inri, have been working together since 2000. The new works shown in this exhibition focus on the relationship between destruction and reconstruction, and the rebirth of life that emerges from this cycle.

On The Inevitability Of Life And Death

Qiu’s images waver between dreams and reality. Each scene is part of a greater narrative in which the emotions are barely hidden under the smooth surface of the image.