An engaging photography exhibition, focusing on the different perspectives (of both Chinese and foreigners) of how China is perceived is set to open tomorrow. Us-Them will showcase the work of 21 international and 21 Chinese photographers and opens Saturday April 19 in Beijing’s 798 art district. It’s a free exhibition that will run until May 19; opening starts at 3 pm with no invitation required.
The exhibition hopes to capture contemporary China from the different view points of both Chinese and foreigners. Many of the images are captured by pure chance ranging as much in style as the chaotic nature of Chinese society itself.
Perhaps the images will be able to shed light on whether Chinese people’s perspective on photography is different to international photographers, and if what they deem is important in capturing in day to day life is different amongst people with divergent backgrounds. The exhibition is curated by Na Risong, and Beijing-based actor Jonathan Kos-Read.
Ranging from the professional to the amateur, the different ideologies and attitudes towards social aspects of Chinese culture allows for a plethora of unique understandings and individual perspectives. It’s an interesting concept, which hopes to look at questions of why and how we see different things differently whilst looking at the same scenario. You may or may not be able to tell if images were taken by Chinese or outsiders, some may seem familiar and others less so, but it leaves me full of expectation for what should be a fascinating exhibition, and all this is only made sweeter by the offering of free beer. Now, that is a win-win.
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