Between Past and Future: New Photography and Video from China

September 5 2004 - September 7 2006

Traveling Exhibition:

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Zhang Huan [Chinese, b. 1965]
Family Tree, 2000
C-print on Fuji archival paper
21 x 16 1/2 inches
53.3 x 41.9 cm
Edition of 25

Traveling Exhibition:

Santa Barbara Museum of Art. July 1 - September 17, 2006
Haus der Kutulren der Welt, Berlin, Germany. March 24 - May 14, 2006
Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA. February 10 - May 15, 2005
Smart Museum of Art, University of Chicago; and Museum of Chicago, IL. October 2, 2004 - January 16, 2005
International Center of Photography and Asia Society, New York, NY. June 11 - September 5, 2004


Visit: Santa Barbara Museum of Art

Between Past and Future: New Photography and Video from China
July 1 - September 17, 2006


Representing the only California venue, this groundbreaking exhibition is the first comprehensive look at the innovative photo and video art produced since the mid-1990s from China. A portion of the exhibition will be presented simultaneously at the Contemporary Arts Forum from July 1 through August 26.

Featuring 130 works by 60 Chinese artists, many of whom are exhibiting for the first time in the United States, the exhibition reflects the enthusiastic adoption of media-based art by younger Chinese artists. Their works, often ambitious in scale and experimental in nature, reflect a range of highly individual responses to the unprecedented changes now taking place in China's economy, society and culture. In addition to introducing a remarkable body of work to American audiences, the exhibition will also provide insights into the dynamics of Chinese culture at the start of the 21st century.

The significance of the subject matter is only matched by the considerable scope of the exhibition which includes not only photographs, but also video and installation pieces that amplify the exhibition's four main themes:History and Memory, Reimagining the Body, People and Place, and Performing the Self (at Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum).

The exhibition is organized by the International Center of Photography, New York, and the David and Alfred Smart Museum of Art, University of Chicago, in collaboration with the Asia Society New York and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago with support from the Smart Family Foundation.


Visit: Haus der Kulturen der Welt

Between Past and Future: New Photography and Video from China
March 24 - May 14, 2006


Traditions, historical breaks and the latest developments within art: the festival CHINA – BETWEEN PAST AND FUTURE at the House of World Cultures offers visitors a chance to experience how one of the world's most important countries is dealing with rapid social and cultural changes. The programme examines the development of new forms and new individual languages in the fine arts, music, opera and literature, as well as their relationship to China's fascinating traditions.

Photographs and video works by forty-eight artists – radical perspectives and monumental dialogues with Chinese reality – form part of the most comprehensive presentation of modern Chinese photographic art ever seen in Europe. The exhibition attracted huge crowds in New York and Chicago. Opera performances present the unparalleled virtuosity of the artistes performing in Chinese music theatre. They can be seen in works ranging from an opulent performance of Chinese history at the Komisches Oper, to experimental solo performances of the most important opera styles, to the première of an avant-garde opera with the musicians of the Ensemble Modern – currently the best ensemble for contemporary music here in Germany. The Ensemble Modern is also premièring works by composers from China who, over the past few years, have gained renown as the "new wave" in concert halls from New York to London to Beijing. China's past and present are vividly present in the readings of works by Gao Xingjian, Nobel Prizewinner for literature, Mo Yan, the author of the Red Sorghum and a number of young authors too. These readings provide a panorama of Chinese literature: from sedate epic depth, to the fast-moving tough prose of the megalopolises. The Celluloid Revolutions retrospective shows a century of Chinese film: from the silent film classics to the "New Wave" that followed the Cultural Revolution to productions shown at this year's Berlin Film Festival.

The programme opens with a discussion on the different European and Chinese perspectives about how to appraise and deal with the traumas of the 20th century: the genocides and the Cultural Revolution. An international symposium is devoted to the theme of Cultural Memory: cultural heritage as it is incarnated in a country's material cultural products and immaterial traditions. These questions provide a springboard for exciting artistic and political debates.

Thirty years after the Cultural Revolution and three decades after the death of Chairman Mao Zedong, Chinese society is changing at an ever-faster rate. The festival CHINA – BETWEEN PAST AND FUTURE shows contemporary artistic responses to these dramatic transformations.

For this international project, the House of World Cultures (HWC) is proud to have brought together the opera performer Tian Mansha, the musician and writer Liu Sola, the literary scholar Ackbar Abbas, the curator and art critic Wu Hung, the American curator Christopher Phillips as well as the film scholar Dai Jinhua.

Many national and international institutions are working together with the HWC to make this project a reality, including the International Center of Photography and the Asia Society in New York, the Ensemble Modern, the Komische Oper Berlin, and the Federal Agency for Civic Education, as well as exhibition venues such as the Victoria & Albert Museum.

Visit: Smart Museum of Art, University of Chicago

Between Past and Future: New Photography and Video from China
October 2, 2004 - January 16, 2005


This exhibition was the first to comprehensively consider the outpouring of photo-based art that has taken place in China since the mid-1990s. Ambitious in scale and experimental in nature, the photographic works included in this groundbreaking project offered a range of highly individual responses to the unprecedented changes in China's economic, social, and cultural life in the past decade. Featuring approximately 130 works by 60 Chinese artists, many of whom had never exhibited in the United States, Between Past and Future: New Photography and Video from Chinawas divided into four thematic sections: "History and Memory," "People and Place," "Performing the Self," and "Reimagining the Body." The exhibition fostered a new understanding of contemporary Chinese photography and video and provided unusual insights into the dynamics of Chinese culture in the 21st century. This exhibition was co-organized by the Smart Museum of Art, University of Chicago, and the International Center of Photography, New York, in collaboration with the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, and the Asia Society, New York. In Chicago the exhibition was presented at two venues: the Smart Museum and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, and continued on an international tour.

Curator: Wu Hung, the Harrie A. Vanderstappen Professor of Art History at the University of Chicago and Consulting Curator at the Smart Museum, and Christopher Phillips, Curator at the International Center of Photography, New York. The Smart Museum presentation was overseen by Stephanie Smith, Smart Museum Curator.


Visit: International Center of Photography

 

Between Past and Future: New Photography and Video from China, the first comprehensive look at the innovative photo and video art produced since the mid-1990s in China, will be presented jointly at the International Center of Photography and the Asia Society and Museum from June 11 to September 5, 2004.