Generation C: New Chinese Photomedia in

An Australian Centre for Photography exhibition at Raw Space

“mesmerising work of eight young photomedia artists from mainland China.” Alex Lalak, Daily Telegraph, Sydney

Art Exhibition previously on in South Brisbane precinct, Queensland, Australia.
From Saturday 28 June 2008 to Tuesday 12 August 2008
Launch Saturday 28 June 2008, 6.00pm - Late

IMAGE © Yang Guowei Things Longed For – Lidong  2006 image

Published by anonymous on Monday 23 June 2008.
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Artists involved:
CHEN NONG, CHEN XIAOLING, LI GUANGXIN,
LIU LIJIE, LIU DAWEI, QIU ZHEN, YANG GUOWEI

Curator: ALASDAIR FOSTER

THIS EXHIBITION SHOWCASES work by young photomedia artists from mainland China who reflect the ambivalence of their times. Born in the seventies they are the first ‘me’ generation – consumerist, connected and self-aware. They are vain yet vulnerable; wired yet lonely. They ride the rollercoaster of ‘progress’ while wistfully dreaming of the past. Abandoning any notion of the photograph as a document of the real each work is a performance, a visual fable that finds its truth in imaginative resonance rather than hard evidence.

We tend to divide generations up and assign them overarching characteristics: Baby- Boomers, Generation X, Generation Y. While it is comforting and convenient to do this with hindsight it can be dangerous to oversimplify current trends without that perspective. Here, then, the C of Generation C does not denote a specific quality but a range of sometimes contradictory manifestations observed in a generation facing more change, opportunity and expectation than any other. In the case of this exhibition the only thing these individuals share is that they live in the fastest growing economy in the world: China. In all other ways they and their generation are a work in progress.

Location

Ground Floor
99 Melbourne St
South Brisbane