Exist in the limited edition of 200 copies with a photograph signed by the artist.
This series of photographs questions the subjectivity of the image and how each one might have a different perception of a reality according to his own memories...
Jiang Zhi’s flowers ‘die’ before our eyes –set aflame, they are on the brink of death, not yet devoured. It is this ‘decisive moment’ we see –a fleeting, brazen instant, of mortality in a nutshell.
Time is caught in its flight: each photograph is a powerful memento mori, like a time capsule, Jiang Zhi’s photography explores the metaphysics of mortality. He makes us reconsider the ephemeral, the evanescent nature of things. Death and love are melted together reminiscent of the myth of Eros and Thanatos, but here, beauty overrides the macabre. In a very subtle and nuanced way, Jiang Zhi infuses this curse of death with touches of elegance.
Most poignantly, these flowers are anthropomorphic, humanized. These photographs are portraits filled with nonchalance, grace, or pride. We may identify with the flowers, recognize in their poise our own mortal selves and pursuits. Just as we are part of nature, the flowers are us, in an eternal cycle of growth and decay –of life and death, universally.
Adou - Leaves of Grass
Araki - Crazy Old Man A
A playful journey into the Chameleonesque’s performances of Liu Bolin. Will you find him? Looking for the invisible man, you may get more than what you thought.
The most complete monograph of the art phenomenon of the year. This playful little book takes us into the magical performances of Liu Bolin. For each of his works, Liu Bolin stands still for hours, being meticulously painted to melt into his surroundings before having the photograph taken. Like a Chameleon, Liu Bolin appears and disappears in his images. From China to Italy, from a highway to a supermarket, wherever he is, he just disappears! Far from being merely playful, Liu Bolin’s performances go beyond a simple game of hide-and-seek to make us notice what we no longer see in the world.
"What we see is the wonderfully successful realization of the question that I had tried to address with my Instamatic and my clumsiness. There is the world, and then there is the human being. The human being is so fragile that a ghost would be more solid. This human being, which is gradually fading away."
(Excerpt from Genevieve Brisac)
Liu Bolin : Hidden in the city
Text : Geneviève Brisac
Introducing the amazing images of young artist Yang Yongliang. A journey through the looking glass, where classical Chinese pictures are turned into a prophetic vision of a nearby future.
Yang Yongliang, China’s most promising young photographer was born in Shanghai. The mutations of his city have given him the inspiration for his highly detailed photomontages, iconic witnesses of an ever changing world where the city takes over nature, skyscrapers replace trees and cranes continuously reshape the environment. Drawing inspiration from Chinese traditional ink wash paintings, his works put him at the center of the emerging post-traditional movement. Ecological fables swarming with detail, Yang Yongliang’s photomontages link China’s past with its unique modernity, and point forward toward a disconcerting, disorienting future.
"Premonitory works? Yang Yongliang’s landscapes linger patiently: they are simply waiting for the world to end up resembling them. There is a profound truth in them which gives them a head start on their model."
Yang Yongliang : Landscapes
Text: David Rosenberg
Format : 11,5x16,5cm
A dive inside the desires of today’s China youth. Yang Yong’s photographs reflect the wanderings of a new generation, lost in a society that escapes them.
Halfway between Nan Goldin and Wong Kar Wai, Yang Yong is composing the diary of the new Chinese youth. Shenzhen, the iconic new city without a past, is the theatre of his works. A city of artifice, a symbol of China’s rebirth, attracting the hopes and dreams of this generation. Through his cinematic images, Yang Yong seizes the voids and the superficiality of the new desires of this burgeoning consumer society. His poetic and colourful works reflect with grace the wanderings of a generation adrift in a society that escapes them. Yang Yong has become one of the leading figures of Chinese Contemporary Art, from the infamous “Fuck off ” exhibition to the Venice Biennale and ICP.
"Like an archaeology of the present, his large images saturated with colour, are no longer just a testimony but an actual interpretation of the era we live in. There is no question here of embodying a generation but to think it beyond its own time."
Yang Yong : Photographs
Text : Enoia Ballade
Format : 11.5x16.5cm
For the very first time in a book, the reader can discover or rediscover Song Chao’s world famous series of Coal miner’s portraits. His works reconnect with the greatest masters of photography.
Song Chao was nineteen when he arrived at the coal mine. Three years later he discovered photography. After a year of study, he completed his very first deeply moving series that gained him international recognition. This series took him out of the mine in Shandong province to the global art stage. Filled with a deep humanity, Song Chao’s photographs go far beyond the documentary to open the theatre of human emotions. Considered one of the 50 photographers of tomorrow, Song Chao is the portraitist of Time Magazine and the NY times in China, his works are also published by many publications around the world.
"The skin of the images splits, the sharp silhouettes that appeared so clearly the materials that seemed so rough, disappear. All I see now is those powerful eyes watching me, the weariness of the burden of living, the weight of the body, the power of the knotted muscles and the strength of mind, struggling together, or in opposition, to make a man of me."
Song Chao : Coal-Miners
Text : Enoïa Ballade
A poetic meditation on China’s remote and fascinating places. Chen Jiagang panoramic photographs display a moving vision of the time passing by...
Chen Jiagang has taken the former industrial compounds built in central cities of China during the sixties (The Third Front) as the subject matter of his first bodies of work. Trying to capture the spectres of industry that still reside there, his pictures tell the sad story of these cities, which in their time were the incarnation of the social ideal, the glory of the country but that have since become useless industrial cemeteries and endless wastelands… Making use of an extremely large format camera, Chen Jiagang is fully engaged in a realist but narrative documentation of abandoned and desolate landscapes and the scars left by time and neglect on such regions.
"Chen Jiagang observes the wild dreams of humanity. More interested in the time of action than by its outcome, his reaction to the world is devoid of any violence. He humbly puts humanity back in its place, faced with the desires for modernity that oppose the cultural to the natural order of things."
Chen Jiagang : Utopia
Text : Jérémie Thircuir
Format : 11,5x16,5cm
The most complete monograph of China’s most famous photographer. Oversized and impressive staged images that brings us into the changes of China’s last two decades. A must have.
Showcasing the works of Wang Qingsong, China’s most reknowned photographer. His overscaled photographs, requiring hundreds of models and weeks of labor to create his gigantic stages, are redefining the scale of photography. His works are like still narratives of China’s mutation over the last few decades. Combining a pop and kitch aesthetic with humor, Wang Qingsong tackles the main issues challenging his country and the world today. Wang Qingsong is a reference in Chinese contemporary art.
"This is the reason he ironically defines his art as a sort of journalism. Paradoxically, it is by constructing and manipulating the image that he will humourously bring out the truth of a situation.”
Wang Qingsong : Photographs
Text : Jérémie Thircuir
In a country where reigns a cult of the future, what happens to ancient traditions and values? Both sublime and dark, Hong Lei’s photographs re-enact the greatest classics of Chinese painting in a way that make us better perceive the violence exercised by modernity on past traditions.
Born in Jiangsu province in 1960, Hong Lei is a major figure in contemporary Chinese art. He has exhibited at Shanghai Art Museum (2012), Fotofest, Houston (2007), Today Art Museum, Beijing (2007), Gwangju Biennale (2006), International Center of Photography, New York (2004), Les Rencontres d’Arles (2003) and Centre Pompidou, Paris (2003).
Hong Lei : Traditions
Text : Hong Lei
Format : 11,5x16,5cm
With the opening of the country, a wind of freedom and optimism is blowing across China. Magically suspended in mid-air, the spectacular performances of Li Wei defy gravity, inviting us to transcend the realm of the possible, and re-think with humor and lightness the world as we know it, to extract ourselves for better a look at it.
Li Wei was born in Hubei in 1970. He is one of China’s most acclaimed performers, his works were shown at the Venice Biennale (2013), La Villette, Paris (2012), the Daegu Photo Biennale (2010), Images’ festival, Vevey (2010) and the Museum of Contemporary Art KIASMA, Helsinki (2009).
Li Wei : Lightnesses
Text : Marine Cabos
Format : 11,5x16,5cm
Pioneer of Chinese photography, Han Lei shoots the extras and bit players of our society’s dramas with empathy and humanity. Combining the absurdity of a Martin Parr with the raw timelessness of a Daidao Moryama, he makes the familiar strange and the strange familiar, finding the sublime in the mundane and ordinary within the extraordinary.
Han Lei was born in 1967 in Henan Province. His works have been shown at the Pingyao Photo Festival (2011), Kwangju Museum of Art (2007), Guangzhou Museum of Art (2005) Lianzhou Photography Festival (2006, 2007), Rome Photography Festival (2003, 2004, 2005) and the Prague International Museum (2003).
Han Lei : Photographs
Text : Maya Kovskaya
Format : 11,5x16,5cm
The inspiration for Chen Wei’s photographs nestles somewhere between the vanities of the Flemish masters and Joseph Beuys, but also in his nostalgic childhood memories. His classical style still lives plunge us into the heart of a disturbing and poetic universe where time seems to stand still.
Chen Wei was born in 1980 in Zhejiang Province. New revelation of Chinese photography, his photographs have been exhibited at the Biennale in Poznan (2008), Guangdong Photo Biennial (2009), Seoul Photo Festival (2009) and ON/OFF, Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (2012 ). He was awarded the «Asia-Pacific photography award» in 2011.