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STLCC-Forest Park Presents Chinese Photography Exhibit

February 26, 2015

Chinese photo exhibit  
"China in Transition -- Chinese Contemporary Photography Invitational" will be on display
at Forest Park March 5-April 2.

Chinese society has undergone great social upheaval throughout the past 30 years. Meanwhile, Chinese social documentary photography is experiencing its golden age because of the rapid technological advances in visual mass communication and Chinese social changes.

This dichotomy is the focus of “China in Transition – Chinese Contemporary Photography Invitational,” an exhibit at St. Louis Community College-Forest Park’s Gallery of Contemporary Art, located in the library complex on the campus, 5600 Oakland Ave.

The exhibit begins with an opening reception 4-6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 5. The exhibit runs March 5-April 2, and the gallery is open 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Monday through Thursday.

In the past, cameras were considered a luxury good that only a few people in China could afford, but digital technology has completely changed the world, and the camera has become a convenient common tool for billions of people to instantly record their daily life. It is an exciting and confusing period for such dramatic social and economic change, but most Chinese are not fully prepared mentally and psychologically for such a social revolution. “China in Transition” explores in detail these changes occurring in Chinese society. The selected photos are revelatory and illuminating visual insights about the contemporary Chinese social character and the dramatic historical changes taking place.

The exhibit is curated by Taylor Xu, and features the work of photographers Rui Wang, Ci Lin, Nong Zheng, Lu Lin, Bing Xia, Kaige Xu, Jianping Wu, Sige Wang, Yunhua Xu, Xing Wang, Liang Dong, Yulong Wang, Xuehong Pei, Kai Shun, Wei Zhou, Xiaoming Hu, Tao Yu, Yineng Chen and Yingxue Zuo.

Prior to the exhibition, Rui Wang will visit the Forest Park campus to present two lectures: “Chinese Social Documentary Photography" on Tuesday, March 3, noon-1 p.m., and “Contemporary Photography from China" on Wednesday, March 4, noon-1 p.m. Both lectures will be held in G Tower Room 409.