All posts tagged: chinese history

Photo of the day: Mao’s 110th birthday

26 December 2003 WPP: Mao Zedong’s 110th birthday was marked on 26 December 2003. Villagers in his hometown of Shaoshan, Xiangtan, Hunan province, dressed in traditional Chinese costume to commemorate and bow to him. This is one of winning photographs from the 2012′ World Press Photo. See more: World Press Photo winner: The Return of the Native, Mao Zedong Remembered

Review: Illusionary Memory by Chinese Photographer Mo Yi.

Original published at: Hemera Collective Photo Blog: REVIEW by Fangfei Chen: Illusionary Memory by Chinese Photographer Mo Yi.   Although I have seen many photographs by MO Yi before, I met him for the first time in person at the Dali International Photography Exhibition this year. There he invited my friends and I to visit his new exhibition Illusionary Memory at the Three Shadows Art Centre. The exhibition uses images taken from the Cultural Revolution—including photography and poster art—to discuss and explore notions of memory and history. Nearly all of the installations are made of squared industrial tiles. Each of these tiles has been painted with a small Chinese character on a single colour backing. But they can also be divided into three kinds.   Firstly and most dominantly, tiles are glued together to make a flat surface which hangs from the wall. In the newsletter from the Three Shadows Gallery, GU Zheng emphasises that these works present the passivity of history and discusses the relationship between viewers, artworks and history. It is true that viewers …