CONFRONTATIONS is a virtual exhibition of a private collection of Chinese contemporary photographies. Composed of more 300 works made by over sixty 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.

AdouGuanyu XuLiu Heung ShingShao Yinong and MuchenXu Yong
Ai WeiweiHai BoLiu JianhuaSheng QiYang Bowei
Bai YiluoHan LeiLiu JinShen WeiYang Fudong
Cang XinHe AnLiu TaoSong ChaoYang Yi
Celine LiuHe YunchangLu ChunshengShi YongYang Yongliang
Chen QiulinHong HaoLiu ZhengSong DongYang Yong
Chen RonghuiHei YueLuo YangSun YanchuYang Zhenzhong
Chen ShaoxiongHong LeiMa Liang (Maleonn)Wang GangfengZhang Dali
Chi PengHuang XiaoliangMa LiumingWang JinsongZhang Huan
Cui XiuwenHuang YanMa Tse LinWang NingdeZhang Kechun
Dai XiangJin FengMiao XiaochunWang QingsongZhang Peili
Don Hong-OaiLi WeiPixy LiaoWeng FenZhang Wei
Dong WenshengLin TianmiaoQiu ZhenWu GaozhongZhao Bandi
Fan HoLin YilinQiu ZhijieWu Lie WeiZhou Jun
Feng LiLin ZhipengRen HangXiang LiqingZhu Ming
Gao BrothersLiu BolinRong RongXing DanwenZhuang Hui

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