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An Era Without Memories Jiang Jiehong

An Era Without Memories By Jiang Jiehong

An Era Without Memories by Jiang Jiehong


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The rapid urban development of China is a topic that has grabbed the attention of the world. This book shows how some thirty contemporary Chinese art photographers have used it as a springboard for their practice. It is suitable for photography aficionados and anyone with an interest in China or contemporary culture.

An Era Without Memories Summary

An Era Without Memories: Chinese Contemporary Photography on Urban Transformation by Jiang Jiehong

The rapid urban development of China is a topic that has grabbed the attention of the world. This groundbreaking book shows how some thirty contemporary Chinese art photographers have used it as a springboard for their practice. A short preface by Jiang Jiehong is followed by an introduction from expert on China, Stephan Feuchtwang. Four chapters follow, each featuring incisive explanatory text by Jiang Jiehong. The photographers showcase their responses to urbanization using a wide variety of approaches, whether Miao Xiaochun's photograph of a vast glass building rising like a UFO behind a traditional old neighbourhood, Wang Jinsong's collages of the Chinese character scrawled on buildings to mark them out as condemned, Zhang Peili's records of pastiche Western architecture, Xu Zhengqin's street hoardings showing dream residential and commercial developments, or Wang Chuan's poetic images of abandoned, half-finished modern buildings. This is a brave and beautiful compendium of reflections on urban transformation that will be a must-have for photography aficionados and anyone with an interest in China or contemporary culture.

An Era Without Memories Reviews

'A must-have collection for photography aficionados and anyone with an interest in Chinese culture' - Outdoor Photography
'Scenes of urban transformation, captured over the course of the last few decades, from breathtaking architecture to affecting portraiture' - hungertv.com
'A haunting book' - Independent
'Outstanding ... a series of fantastical images' - Glass Magazine

About Jiang Jiehong

Jiang Jiehong is Professor of Chinese Art at Birmingham City University, and an international curator. His recent projects include the Fourth Guangzhou Triennial of 2012 and the Asia Triennial Manchester in 2014.

Table of Contents

Introduction by Stephan Feuchtwang * 1. Ephemeral Cities: Demolition and construction in Chinese urban development * 2. The Otherness of the Real: Shaping a reality beyond the ordinary urban environment * 3. An Alienated Home: A focus on the once familiar, now strange or endangered * 4. Memories Invented: Reimagining realities lost through environmental transformation * Afterword

Additional information

NPB9780500544433
9780500544433
0500544433
An Era Without Memories: Chinese Contemporary Photography on Urban Transformation by Jiang Jiehong
New
Hardback
Thames & Hudson Ltd
20150420
192
N/A
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