Published by Bandini Books in partnership with the Jumièges Abbey and Doors on the occasion of the exhibition of the same title, “Flowing Waters Never Return to the Source. Photographers Gazing at the River in China” centres upon the Chinese river, a seminal theme in contemporary photography in China, as seen through the eyes of thirteen visual artists. From the re-appropriation of traditional Chinese painting where idealized landscapes seem suspended in time (“mountain-water”) to the accelerated modernization of the country and its consequences for nature and the environment, and visual narratives using its evocative power, the river has formed a recurring motif of inspiration for photographers in China over the past twenty years - whether Chinese or otherwise.
The book (bilingual French-Chinese) brings together reproductions of the exhibited works, an illustrated essay and exclusive interviews with the artists conducted by the curators. It is composed of a theoretical booklet and a series of seven leporellos to be displayed horizontally to discover the artists' works, echoing Chinese scroll paintings. The book will allow a French and international audience to discover or deepen their knowledge of a contemporary Chinese photographic scene still poorly known in the West, whose concerns about the environment or artistic representation in the digital age find a global echo.
Artists: Yang Yongliang, Sui Taca, Luo Dan, Michael Cherney, Edward Burtynsky, Zhuang Hui, Chen Qiulin, Mu Ge, Liu Ke, Jia Zhangke, Zhang Xiao, Chen Ronghui, Zhang Kechun.
Published by Bandini Books
Edition of 500
15 x 23 cm
Bilingual: French & Chinese (Mandarin)
Design: Julien Imbert
Text: Victoria Jonathan
Date of publication: 2020
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