Overview participating exhibitions

Metropolis
2011

Metropolis

Jiang Jian

CITY BUILDERS (China, 2007)

Since the 1980s there has been a continuing, massive migration from the Chinese countryside to the expanding cities. Many who once lived in rural areas have found employment in the army of construction workers that has been needed to shape China's growing cities. In 2007 Jiang Jian was commissioned by a property developer to record the construction of 81 villas on the edge of Shanghai. These pricey retreats were built by farm labourers. By contrasting the villas with the labourers' rural villages, the photographer compactly visualises the crazy and sometimes disorienting changes in China.

  • CITY BUILDERS (China, 2007)

  • CITY BUILDERS (China, 2007)

  • CITY BUILDERS (China, 2007)

  • CITY BUILDERS (China, 2007)

Multivocal Histories
2009

Multivocal Histories

Jiang Jian

ARCHIVES OF ORPHANS (China, 2005)

The Chinese photographer Jiang Jian describes his series ARCHIVES OF ORPHANS as an important turning point in his life and work: during the process he became aware of a new relation between art and life. ARCHIVES OF ORPHANS is a report on a campaign to support more than a thousand indigent child orphans. The children receive help from a philanthropic federation in the province of Henan and a Shaolin Temple located there until they become adults. Jiang Jian wants to document the changes in the lives of the children every five years, making use of diverse photographic methods.

  • ARCHIVES OF ORPHANS (China, 2005)

    The Chinese photographer Jiang Jian describes his series ARCHIVES OF ORPHANS as an important turning point in his life and work: during the process he became aware of a new relation between art and life. ARCHIVES OF ORPHANS is a report on a campaign to support more than a thousand indigent child orphans. The children receive help from a philanthropic federation in the province of Henan and a Shaolin Temple located there until they become adults. Jiang Jian wants to document the changes in the lives of the children every five years, making use of diverse photographic methods.

  • ARCHIVES OF ORPHANS (China, 2005)

  • ARCHIVES OF ORPHANS (China, 2005)

Biography

Jiang Jian (China, 1953) grew up during the Cultural Revolution. He was sent to the countryside in the late 1960s, where intellectuals were to be 're-educated' on the farms. Without any formal training, he became a photographer in 1984. He acquired a reputation for his first exhibition and photo book, Scenes (1993-1995). His second book, Masters, has received numerous awards. Jiang Jian is the art director at the MR Gallery, located in Beijing.

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Metropolis - City Life in the Urban Age

Metropolis - City Life in the Urban Age

Price EUR 17,50

Human Conditions

Human Conditions

Price EUR 15,00