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40 Years of Chinese Contemporary Photography

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40 Years of Chinese Contemporary Photography

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40 Years of Chinese Contemporary Photography

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40 Years of Chinese Contemporary Photography

40 Years of Chinese Contemporary Photography
2018.9.15 - 2018.12.9

Location:

Exhibition Halls A\B OCAT Shenzhen

OCT Loft, Nanshan Shenzhen, China


Curator:

Wu Hung

Artists:

Adou, Ange, Bao Kun, BIRDHEAD, Cai Dongdong, Cai Haifeng, Cai Ming, Cang Xin, Chen Baosheng, Chen Fan, Chen Lingyang,Chen Ronghui, Chen Wei, Chen Xiaoyi, Chen Yongpeng, Chen Zhe, Cheng Xinhao, Chi Peng, Chu Chu, Cui Xiuwen, Du YanfangFan RanranFeng Li, Feng Mengbo, Feng Yan, Fu Yu, Gao Bo, Gao Brothers, Gong Tianfu, Gu Zheng, Guan Ce, Hai Bo, Han Lei, He Chongyue, He Yanguang, He Yunchang, Hong Hao, Hong Ke, Hong Lei, Hou Dengke, Hu Wugong, Huang Xiaoliang, Huang Yusheng, Huang Yunsheng, Jia Yuping, Jiang Pengyi, Jiang Zhi, Jin Bohong, Lam Pok Yin Jeff & Chong Ng, Li Guohua, Li Jiangshu, Li Jinghong, Li Jun, Li Shixiong, Li Tian, Li Tianyuan, Li Xiaobin, Li Yingjie, Li Zhaohui, Liang Xiu, Liao Zengyi, Ling Fei, Liu Bolin, Liu Heungshing, Liu Jianhua, Liu Shaoqiang, Liu Shizhao, Liu Yuan, Liu Zhangbolong, Liu Zheng, Lu Guang, Lu Yanpeng, Lu Yuanmin, Lu Zhongmin, Luo Dan, Luo Jian, Luo Xiaoyun, Luo Yang, Luo Yongjin, Lv Nan, Lv Xiaozhong, Ma Xiaoqing, Miao Xiaochun, Mo Yi, Mu Ge, Niu Guozheng, Pan Ke, Qi Guohua, Qiu, Qiu Zhijie, Ren Guoen,Ren Hang, Ren Shulin, RongRong, Shao Yinong & Mu Chen, Shen Yantai, Sheng Qi, Shi Baoxiu, Shi Yong, Shi Zhimin, Song Dong, Sun Yanchu, Taca Sui, Wang Fuchun, Wang Huan, Wang Jinsong, Wang Liping, Wang Lin, Wang Miao, Wang Ningde, Wang Tuo, Wang Wenlan, Wang Wusheng, Wang Xiang, Wang Yan, Wang Yan, Wang Yaodong, Wang Yun, Wang Zhiping, Wei Bi, Wen Danqing, Weng Fen, Wu Dazhen, Wu Jialin, Wu Peng, Wu Shixiong, Xie Hailong, Xie Ping, Xing Danwen, Xiong Wenyun, Xu Yong, Xu Zhiwei, Xu Zhuo, Yan Changjiang, Yan Ke, Yan Lei, Yang Fudong, Yang Shaoming, Yang Yongliang, Yang YuanyuanYin Xiuzhen, You Li, Yu Deshui, Yu Kangying, Yu Xiaoyang, Yuan Dongping, Zhang Dali, Zhang Haichao, Zhang Hai’er, Zhang Jin, Zhang Ju, Zhang Kechun, Zhang Xiao, Zhang Zheng, Zhao Bandi, Zhao Jiexuan, Zhao Liang, Zheng Guogu, Zhou Yuedong, Zhu Hongling, Zhu Lanqing, Zhu Ming, Zhu Xianmin, Zhuang Hui, Zhang Zhizhou, Zuoxiao Zuzhou



    Though a widely used term with an international currency, “contemporary photography” actually lacks a common definition. Some western museums employ historical events (such as the end of World War II) as baselines when building their collections and organizing exhibitions, while researchers often connect the contemporaneity of photography with the development of technology and the concept of this visual form. These written and unwritten definitions are all based on specific historical experiences and current situations, as well as academic research and photographic institutions in different places. 

 

    Regarding China, contemporary photography has a relatively clear-cut starting point—forty years ago in 1976/1977. But it is equally clear that in the wake of societal, economic, and cultural shifts domestically and internationally, the concept of China contemporary photography has undergone major changes along with developments in photography itself. On the basis of these changes, this exhibition divides the progress of Chinese contemporary photography into four major phases: “The Rise of Unofficial Photography” (1976–1979), “New Wave Photography” (1980-1989), “Experimental Photography” (1990-2006) and the establishment of experimental photography organizations from 2007 to the present.


    Organized by the Three Shadows Photography Art Centre and shown in Beijing in 2017, this exhibition received favorable comments from both experts and the general public. The present exhibition at OCAT in Shenzhen is its first appearance outside Beijing. We have expanded its content to reflect the continuous development of contemporary Chinese photography.


Wu Hung