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Land
2010

Land

Ian Teh

TRACES (China, 2010)

In a country that is undergoing as furious a development as China is, the landscape itself is an ex-pression of that change. Great swathes of land that have been used for agriculture for millennia have fallen prey to industrial forces. In seemingly extraterrestrial, almost abstract panoramas Ian Teh's TRACES lets us see how the Chinese landscape is being recreated. These are images without the presence of man – at first sight epic, cinematographic and breathtaking – but at the same time they reveal what awesome power man has to reduce the landscape to a slave of his undertakings. The layers of recent history are exposed, as in an archaeological dig. In this way Teh puts his audience in an ambiguous position. Will they be seduced by the beauty of the image, or will the real signifi-cance push its way through?

  • TRACES (China, 2010)

    In a country that is undergoing as furious a development as China is, the landscape itself is an ex-pression of that change. Great swathes of land that have been used for agriculture for millennia have fallen prey to industrial forces. In seemingly extraterrestrial, almost abstract panoramas Ian Teh's TRACES lets us see how the Chinese landscape is being recreated. These are images without the presence of man – at first sight epic, cinematographic and breathtaking – but at the same time they reveal what awesome power man has to reduce the landscape to a slave of his undertakings. The layers of recent history are exposed, as in an archaeological dig. In this way Teh puts his audience in an ambiguous position. Will they be seduced by the beauty of the image, or will the real signifi-cance push its way through?

  • TRACES (China, 2010)

  • TRACES (China, 2010)

  • TRACES (China, 2010)

Biography

The photography of Ian Teh (United Kingdom, 1971) is driven by his interest in social, ecological and political issues. He approaches a series as ‘a film in stills’, in which ambiance and storyline merge. Whether it is on the streets of London, where he lives, or in the working class seaside resort of Blackpool or in a China swept by modernisation, Teh seeks the cross-pollination between the beauty of an image and pressing journalistic themes. His work has appeared in TIME, Newsweek, The New Yorker and other periodicals. He is also a co-founder of the on-line journal Deep Sleep Magazine.

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Land - Country Life in the Urban Age

Land - Country Life in the Urban Age

Price EUR 15,00