Reversed Images: Representations of Shanghai and Its Contemporary Material Culture

09.17.09

Hu Yang, Shanghai Living, 2005

Reversed Images: Representations of Shanghai and Its Contemporary Material Culture
September 25 – December 23, 2009
Opening Reception September 24, 5-7 pm
Museum of Contemporary Photography

Reversed Images: Representations of Shanghai and Its Contemporary Material Culture examines the city of Shanghai and its development into one of the global economy’s most productive cities in the new millennium. Shanghai is known for its impressive population growth, the increasingly rapid rate of its cultural and environmental transformations, and the tension between Western and traditional Chinese values, lifestyle, and work habits. In addition, the city is caught between a not-so-distant communism and a late-arriving capitalism, between a world founded on its labor force and the world of new technologies. Within this environment, the role of the arts becomes ever-important as artists look to interpret the experience of inhabiting a city and a time that is in the process of defining itself, struggling with the contradictory natures of its past, present, and future. The participating artists in this exhibition take various approaches to capturing a city that seems to continually transform before our eyes.

Work by: Olivo Barbieri, Birdhead (Song Tao and Ji Weiyu), Isidro Blasco, Mathieu Borysevicz, Cao Fei, David Cotterrell, Hu Yang, Jin Shan, Sylvie Levey, Liu Gang, Lu Yuanming, Ma Liang, Shi Guorui, Shu Haolun, Speedism (Julian Friedauer and Pieterjan Ginckels), Su Chang, Xu Jianrong and Xu Xixian, Xu Zhen, Yang Fudong
Zhou Xiaohu, Zhu Feng

Do not miss Olivo Barbieri‘s artist talk at the MoCP on the same night as the opening!

September 24, 2009
Thursday, 6:30 pm
Ferguson Lecture Hall
600 S. Michigan Ave., 1st Floor

– via MoCP

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