The Photobook “No Name“ by the Chinese artist Wang Ningde, published by the Danish publisher Galleri Image. In the series “No Name“Wang Ningde utilizes photographs of paint smudges from Chinese cities on top of existing pictures and thereby creating a series of digital works resembling photographic images, but only the photographed paint smudges are visible.
Since 2015, Wang Ningde has visited different cities in China, photographically collecting thousands of paint smudges on public walls. The photographs depicted places where the city administration had painted over unauthorized advertisements in an attempt to conceal them. In a digital editing process, Ningde constructs with his own paint smudge photographs’ new motifs on top of pictures of portraits, protesters or scenic moments. His final step in the digital editing process is to remove the background picture completely, leaving only the vivid brushstrokes of the paint smears.
The Photobook “No Name“ is currently the only large publication on the series “No Name“ by Wang Ningde. The publication contains a wide selection of photographic artworks from the series and two essays written by curator Lisa A. Orcutt and author Gitte Broeng about the artworks.
--- Foreword written by Beate Cegielska.
Wang Ningde (b. 1972, CN) graduated from the Photography Department at Luxun Academy of Fine Arts in 1995. He lives and works in Beijing. Working with photography and installation, Wang Ningde employs multiple forms to expand the boundaries of photography, exploring foremost questions about the language and nature of the image. In recent work, Wang has envisioned photography’s history and language as a whole, describing it as a world that is parallel to—not intersecting with—reality. An interest in exploring multiple aspects of this idea underlies the development of his artworks.
Bookcover: Mikkel Kaldal
Video: Gert Skaerlund
Publisher: Galleri Image
Photographs by: Wang Ningde
Texts by: Beate Cegielska, Lisa A. Orcutt, Gitte Broeng
Translations and proofreading: Asta Nyyssönen, Jane Rowley
320 x 250 mm
Publication Year: 2020
Graphic design: Lasse Krog Møller
Print: Narayana Press
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