Mar 24–May 14, 2006

Between Past and Future

New Photography and Video from China

Curators: Wu Hung and Christopher Phillips

Between Past and Future. New Photography and Video from China shows the most innovative photographic and video works by Chinese artists from the past ten years. Whereas photography primarily served propagandistic purposes during the first thirty years of the People’s Republic of China, following the Cultural Revolution of 1976 and the death of Mao Tse-tung it gradually provided an opening for individual artistic expression. Since the mid 1990s, this particular art scene has established itself as an experimental avant-garde.

The exhibition, which explores central themes and lines of development within contemporary Chinese photography, has four different sections: „History and Memory“, „Performing the Self“, „Re-Imagining the Body“ and „People and Place“. Over 100 works will be shown that reflect the unparalleled economic, social and cultural changes undergone by China during the 21st century. Never before has an exhibition of this scale been shown in Germany.The exhibition was developed in co-operation with the International Center of Photography and the Asia Society in New York and had its première in New York last autumn. So far, it has enjoyed successful stopovers in Chicago, Seattle and London (Victoria and Albert Museum).

The exhibition "Between Past and Future. New Photography and Video from China " has been organised by the International Center of Photography, New York, and the David and Afred Smart Museum of Art, University of Chicago, in collaboration with the House of World Cultures.

The four sections of the exhibition:

   „History and Memory“

   „Performing the Self“

   „Re-Imagining the Body“

   „People and Place“

Exhibition websites:

Victoria and Albert Museum

International Center of Photography

The exhibition at the Museum of East Asian Art

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