Artists: 21 Chinese photographers, 21 overseas photographer
Curator: Na Risong (China) Jonathan Kos-Read (USA)
2014.05.05 - 2014.05.23
What do we see?
Us-Them presents photographs of China taken by twenty-one Chinese photographers and twenty-one international photographers. The photos all come from the internet, including from Weibo, WeChat, Facebook, Flickr, and from a sampling of professional photography websites. We were familiar with some, others were completely new to us. Some are professionals, others enthusiasts. Many participants and their photos were unearthed entirely by chance.
In creating this exhibition, we wanted to explore the differences between photographs of contemporary China shot by Chinese photographers and those taken by their international counterparts. Perhaps, the end results do not actually shed any light on the original question. Perhaps, if you look only at the photographs, you cannot tell which were taken by Chinese people and which by foreigners. But we feel they share a common theme: they provide insight into contemporary Chinese society, an urbanizing, diverse, chaotic, lively China and its people.
But possibly, if you look closer, you might still be able to discern different understandings of contemporary China. These viewpoints leave us with a question: If we are all looking, why do we have different ways of seeing?
21 International Photographers
Adrian Mealand/ Christian Were/ Daniel Rosenberg/ Eric Lafforgue/ Graeme Nicol
Harry Kauffman/ James Angrave/ Johanna Hoffmann
Jonathan Kos-Read/ Jonathan van Smit/ Craig Kirkario/ Maté/ Mimo Khair
Natalie Behring/ Nick Kozak/ Pawel Maciejewski/ Rob Alen Smith/ Róbert Douglas
Tyler Krohman/ Viktor Chenovsky/ Samer Muscati
21 Chinese Photographers
Chen Hui/ Chen Liang/ Ge Yuejin/ Guan Zitian/ Guo Guanglin
Hua Shan/ Kang Guosheng/ Li Gang/ Li Zhengde/ Liu Chang
Liu Xuefeng/ Pan Shiguo/ Pan Yongqiang/ Tan Weishan
Tang Lili/ Wang Lujia/ Yuan Liu/ Zhan Youbing/ Zheng Chunsheng
Zhuang Jian/ Zhu Jianzheng