This great unknown is revealed in a spectacular exhibition, “Zhù Yi! Contemporary Photography in China”, which you can see at the Palau de la Virreina museum and which is the largest of its kind so far organised in Spain. There are around one hundred photographs taken by 31 young Chinese visual artists, all born after 1960.
Recovering the country’s cultural memory and historical heritage, the question of identity in a changing society, the destruction of nature, the explosion in consumerism and the desire for money, the interest in fashion and overflowing Chinese metropolises are some of the themes at the heart of the exhibition.
A critical tone can be discerned in many of the photographs, which provide a picture few would have imagined two or three decades ago.
The controlled opening up of the Communist regime, following Mao’s death in 1976, gave Chinese artists the opportunity to move away from socialist realism to new forms of expression, reflected in the exhibition, where realist photography is combined with other kinds.
Location: La Rambla, 99 – Palau de la Virreina. www.bcn.es/virreinaexposicions
From 20/02/2008 to 25/05/2008
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