CONFRONTATIONS is a virtual exhibition of a private collection of Chinese contemporary photographies. Composed of about 200 works made by over fifty artists, it offers a subjective overview of the current creation in Chinese photography. The desire of drawing up this collection arose in 1999 at Venice biennial event. Amidst a dull occidental artistic context, the Chinese artists blew a refreshing wind over this biennial event. It’s obvious that we were at the birth of a major artistic movement of the beginning of the 21st century. The presented artists, leaders of a New Cultural Revolution, defied the current regime claiming their position as artists. The works were powerful, fascinating and often provocative. Today the work of Chinese artists has upgraded. The authorities attitude towards the artists having loosened up, even though censorship still exists, there is less need of shocking or shaking taboos. Despite this, Chinese contemporary photography remains extremely rich, highly original and still exciting.
The photographers of this Chinese rebirth are young. Born at the time of Mao, but living in an ever-changing China, they draw the gripping portrait of a country full of contradictions, at the same time self-oriented as well as opened to the world. They cast a critical and ironical look at the Chinese society. The idea of confrontation can be found in many works. Confrontation between the official communist doctrine and the economical and social reality. Confrontation between the desires of the Chinese and the difficult living conditions for most of them. Confrontation between the traditional Chinese town, the way of life it implies, and the futurist cities that have arisen for the past few years. Confrontation between the fascination for the only child and the growing selfishness of these children when they become adults. Confrontation between the Chinese culture taught in Art schools and the occidental culture artists can now get to. Confrontation between the past, the present and the future…
Chinese contemporary artists look like their country: alive and creative.

Ai WeiweiHong HaoMa LiumingWang JinYang Yongliang
Bai YiluoHuang YanMa Tse LinWang JinsongYang Zhenzhong
Cang XinJin FengMiao XiaochunWang NingdeZhang Dali
Chen ShaoxiongLin TianmiaoQiu ZhenWang QingsongZhang Huan
Cui XiuwenLin YilinQiu ZhijieWeng FenZhang Kechun
Dai XiangLin Zhipeng (223)Ren HangWu GaozhongZhao Bandi
Dong WenshengLiu BolinRong RongXiang LiqingZhou Jun
Gao BrothersLiu JianhuaShao Yinong and MuchenXing DanwenZhu Ming
Hai BoLiu JinSheng QiXu YongZhuang Hui
He AnLiu ZhengShi YongYang Fudong
He YunchangLu ChunshengSong ChaoYang Yi
Hei YueMa Liang (Maleonn)Song DongYang Yong

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