The Lianzhou Museum of Photography (LMP) presents four new solo exhibitions of young artists from China and overseas. Organized by the museum’s curatorial team, these exhibitions aim to display contemporary photography in its diversity, and show works opening dialogues between family memories and personal experience, blurring the lines between documentary and fiction.
Li Liang: 1974 consists of five projectors looping 390 film slides, a voice-over telling stories about the artist’s memories in 1974, the memorabilia from 1974 sorting out the affairs, and memory-based texts directly written on the wall. Through showing the family memorial photos projected and with the voice-over in the background, the exhibition reconstructs the imagination of Li Lang’s first year of memory.
Kourtney Roy: I Drink presents a series of photographs taken in New Orleans by the artist, in which she is the photographer, the actress and the director, who makes a body of her own, available for a range of little sketches, while the backdrop is always desolate or banal, places where bad things happen.
Kurt Tong: The Queen, the Chairman and I is an exhibition that explores family history, migration and cultural identity. Having grown up between different cultures, Kurt began to trace back the history of his family in a bid to find out how two of the most influential people in history affected his family. Paying equal importance to new photographs, found photographs from both sides of the family and writings, the exhibition reconnects Kurt with Hong Kong of the past through the recollection of his extended family, humanizing the political and social upheaval that brought his family to Hong Kong and eventually to the United Kingdom. Central to the exhibition is a Chinese tea house installation where visitors are invited to drink tea and read through the storybook Kurt made for his daughters.
Ali Zanjani: Without Prostration features four series from the emerging Iranian artist. The metaphoric discourse of the series takes Iranian television films from the pre-revolutionary period, extracting just a few stills and breaking up the narrative, excluding length and movement making each image a sign isolated in a frame. Ali Zanjani’s photography removes the deceitfully “essentialist” envelope from around common sense. Bodies and space find their place in a system of didactic, graphic notation.
While the four solo exhibitions occupy a major part of the exhibition area, LMP also dedicates one room for a special exhibition titled Special Project: Project Lianzhou. It will present the first residency project ever created in Lianzhou featuring three Chinese artists: Li Lang, Dong Bingfeng and Na Yingyu. It was in the year of 2005, when the Lianzhou Foto Festival was held for the first time in this small southern city, the festival invited artists to participate in a residency project in Lianzhou based on field studies. For a photography museum that has just opened its doors, this early-year residency project is particularly valuable, it is a reminder that there is a history to everything that has come to exist.
Lianzhou Museum of Photography
120, Zhongshan Nan Road, Lianzhou, Guangdong