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Contemporary Artist Wang Qingsong Turns Lens On Chinese Society

Friday, January 21, 2011

Wang Qingsong, Follow Me, 2003. (© Wang Qingsong)

Fresh on the heels of Chinese President Hu Jintao's state visit to Washington, the International Center of Photography (ICP) in Manhattan is staging the first U.S. solo exhibition of one of China's most highly-regarded contemporary artists—Beijing-based photographer Wang Qingsong.

"Wang Qingsong: When Worlds Collide" features elaborate, large-scale color photos staged on film sets, often using dozens of models. The images are a vision of social tensions in Chinese society arising from the country's current economic boom, and the increasing number of migrant workers living in cities. The show also includes a screening room showing a selection of the artist's recent videos.  

"When Worlds Collide" is organized by ICP curator Christopher Phillips and is on view until May 8.

Take a look at some of Wang Qingsong's photographs on view at I.C.P.:

Wang Qingsong, Competition, 2004.
© Wang Qingsong
Wang Qingsong, Competition, 2004.
Wang Qingsong, Dream of Migrants, 2005.
© Wang Qingsong
Wang Qingsong, Dream of Migrants, 2005.
Wang Qingsong, Requesting Buddha No. 1, 1999.
© Wang Qingsong
Wang Qingsong, Requesting Buddha No. 1, 1999.

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Comments [2]

Fang Mingwen

You mean "Mr. Wang."

Jan. 25 2011 08:40 PM
shadeed ahmad from New York City

Mr. Wang Qingsong has an exquisite eye for deciphering generally seen chaos into beautiful art. Mr. Quingsong's artistic eye is arguably a metaphor for the Chinese perception of the mess the American economy is in, but within it is a beauty that the Chinese see fit to buy up, making for the flowering beauty of their economy. One person's hell is another person's heaven.

Jan. 22 2011 03:20 AM

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