Peter Knapp: Infinitely Blue
The Image Memory of Lianzhou Archive Photographs 1965 to 1985
The Lost and Found Transfigured Bootleg Photographs From The Collection of Jean-Marie Donat
Lin Shu: Pagoda
This summer, the Lianzhou Museum of Photography (LMP) presents four new exhibitions showcasing the works of Chinese and overseas artists.
Peter Knapp: Infinitely Blue presents a set of monochromes, photomontages and reproductions imbued with mysticism. The Swiss-born photographer, linked to the Sky Art movement and close to New Realists group questions our relationship to the infinite. Following his Bauhaus training, he developed a habit of fiddling, scratching, gluing and arranging his compositions. His works are tinted with a deep, complex and multi-faceted blue, that sometimes might feel tarnished but always remains pure at its core.
The Image Memory of Lianzhou presents a series of photographs taken in Lianzhou by three local pioneers of photography, Wang Dongfu, Du Jixi and Pan Renshi, who have left behind twenty years of photographic memories of their hometown. Revolutionary street parades marching along the street where the LMP was built, soldiers building plank roads on steep cliffs, statues and landmarks built in the Qin Dynasty which have now long ceased to exist. From 2016 on, through the collaboration with local photographers and former Lianzhou cultural sector officials Pan Wei and Huang Zhaiyu, LMP discovered and digitalized more than 300 archive images taken by the three local photographers. The exhibition is the result of this 3 years research project.
The Lost and Found Transfigured presents 14 series from Jean-Marie Donat’s collection of more than 400, 000 photographs from all over the world. The collection covers nearly a century of Photographic History (1880-1980). Vernacular images are an important part of the collection, anonymous pictures, chosen as social and cultural testimonies of their time, but also because of their very human dimension. Working on that visual corpus, Jean-Marie Donat formed over 200 thematic series. In some cases, the series go beyond their subject, transfiguring the images.
Lin Shu: Pagoda presents the latest series of emerging Chinese Artist, Lin Shu. Part of the series is a collection of found images as well as black and white pictures of Pagodas from across the country taken by the artist during his extensive travels. This project is the result of Lin Shu’s ongoing interest in mythology. The traditional buddhist monuments hold a symbolic and religious dimension that exceeds utilitarian architecture. They represent man’s will to give physical shape to metaphysical ideas through his craft and in this sense echoes the artist’s own pursuit, using photography to capture and materialize the spiritual.
Exhibitions were organized by the Lianzhou Museum of Photography(LMP).
Curators: Duan Yuting (The Image Memory of Lianzhou, Pagoda); Francois Cheval and Audrey Hoareau (Infinitely Blue, The Lost and Found Transfigured).