Contemporary Artist Wang Qingsong Turns Lens On Chinese Society

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