17.10 – 14.11 2019
Zhang Kechun:New Work
17.10 – 14.11.2019
Huxley-Parlour gallery is pleased to present a selection of five new large-scale work works by Chinese photographer Zhang Kechun.
Zhang Kechun produces epic vistas that dwell on the significance of the landscape in modern Chinese national identity. Following from his celebrated series The Yellow River, the artist has continued to examine the effects of modernisation in China, allowing the rivers and other bodies of water in the country to provide his work’s organising structure.
B. China 1980
Zhang Kechun’s work examines the post-industrial landscape of China. Working with a large-format camera he produces epic vistas that dwell on the significance of the landscape in modern Chinese national identity. In particular, Kechun explores the relationship between the country’s cultural heritage and the effects of modernisation. Kechun’s works are quietly beautiful and hugely atmospheric, using a soft and subtle colour palette. Whilst Kechun imbues the altered landscape of China with a tragic beauty, his photographs also capture the comical moments in people’s everyday lives that he encounters.
Zhang Kechun was born in 1980 in Sichuan, China. His work has been exhibited at Photoquai, Paris, the Beijing Photo Biennale, China and the Delhi Photo Festival, India. Kechun won the Discovery Award at Les Rencontres d’Arles for The Yellow River in 2014. He won the National Geographic Picks Global Photo Contest in 1998 and was shortlisted at the World Photography Awards in 2013.