A package from China arrived in the mail the other day and I was happy to find the exhibition catalog for the 2011 Pingyao International Photography Festival.

I was recently part of a group exhibition in the 2011 Pingyao International Photography Festival along with two of my former students, Anastasia Samoylova and Kelley Moulton. The exhibition, Symbiosis, was curated by Susan Dooley and included work from several U.S. Professors of Photography along side a selection of work from their students.

Pingyao International Photography Festival is an extremely large and well-attended week long event that draws a truly international audience. It is held in converted factories, warehouses, Buddhist and Confucian temples, throughout the 2700-year-old walled village that is a UNECO World Heritage Site. There are an abundance of other events associated with the festival, including lectures, panel discussions, large screen evening slide shows and much more. It is a particularly intense week of being overwhelmed with amazing photography and photographers from all over the world. Here are some more images from this years festival taken by Susan Dooley.

Derek ChanAll Our Relations / Plural + CFBTLiving Book
December 12, 2011 – January 15, 2012
Opening Reception: December 10 / 5:00 – 8:00pm

Carrie Secrist Gallery
835 W. Washington Blvd / Chicago, IL

Carrie Secrist Gallery is pleased to present Derek Chan: All Our Relations, Chan’s first solo exhibition with the gallery, comprises paintings, drawings, and installation to contemplate cultural myth and sacred writings.

Driven by the significant role symbols play in our everyday lives, Chan’s new body of work is born from an exploration of the hieroglyphs and petroglyphs of indigenous cultures. Central to this exhibition is the theme of “The Weaver”, inspired by Native American myth. These works are Chan’s interpretation of the exoteric teachings of indigenous cultures, applied to personal and collective lived experience. The imagery in this exhibition pulls from a series of created symbols, found universally across cultures in the East and the West and in the lexicon of abstract painting.

Living Book, 2011 is a multi-media installation environment created by Plural and The Center For Book Technology. Living Book transforms the gallery space into an automated book production facility. Using custom-software, viewers in the space are captured in-real-time (every 60 seconds) from an overhead camera and projected onto the wall. Each capture is then printed onto single pages of a book in production. In addition, a keyboard allows viewers to author their own page(s), creating a spontaneous performance environment where a database of individual choices becomes a collective narrative.