For its first Lille exhibition, FRESH ART FROM CHINA presents photographic series of two young emerging Chinese artists: ZHAO XIAO MENG and LIU SILIN. Preoccupied and concerned by urbanization, globalization, politics, new technologies or memory, Contemporary Chinese photography brings a constant look at its past in an expression boldly turned towards its future.
On this blank page, Zhao Xiao Meng has been working for several years on the notion of time and disappearance and examines the societal upheavals of modern China in the 21st century. His photographic series, Bicycles in Beijing, Now is the subject of a book, documenting the disappearance and massive decline of bicycles in Beijing. His work is presented for the first time in Europe during the 2019 edition of Art Up!
Liu Silin with her series I'm Everywhere, awarded in 2016 by the Discovery Award of Jimei x Arles festival, crosses the boundaries of photography and digital art by making images and rewriting history in her own image. Her works are a discussion about the role of photography in the era of cultural globalization, the irrational cult of icons and our understanding of images as vectors of historical narrative.
FRESH ART FROM CHINA, also support a premiere screening of the documentary BLOOM | Portraits of Young Chinese Artists, exploring the universe of 9 young emerging artists including photographers Chen Wei and Wang Wei.
Through this exhibition, FRESH ART FROM CHINA offers a unique and exciting discovery of the richness, originality and vitality of young contemporary Chinese photography.
Art Up 2019
From 27 February to 3 March 2019
Lille Grand Palais