People Crossing the Yellow River, Zhang Kechun

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19.4 – 20.5 2016

Zhang Kechun:The Yellow River

Zhang Kechun:The Yellow River

19.04 – 20.05.2016

Closed

Hours

Monday to Saturday

10:00 am – 5:30 pm

Gallery

3-5 Swallow Street, London, W1B 4DE

The first UK solo exhibition of award-winning Chinese photographer, Zhang Kechun opened at the gallery in April 2016.

Zhang produces epic vistas that dwell on the significance of the landscape in modern Chinese national identity. His first series, The Yellow River, documents the effects of modernisation along the third longest river in Asia. The project took him on a journey along the river from the coastal flats of Shandong to the mountains of Qinghai on a fold-up bicycle, all the time carrying with him a large format Linhof camera.

A Man Standing on an Island in the Middle of the River Shaanxi, China, Zhang Kechun
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A Man Standing on an Island in the Middle of the River Shaanxi, China, 2012. Zhang Kechun

Zhang’s second series, Between the Mountains and the Water, continued to explore the relationship between the people and land on which they live and work. Charming scenes include a poster of Chairman Mao attached to a rubber ring floating on a river, surrounded by a group of swimmers, and a gathering of people taking tea in amongst concrete ruins on the riverside.

The Works

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Zhang Kechun

A Buddha Head in the Mountain

2015

Archival pigment print

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Zhang Kechun

Workers Building Bridge Piers for a High-Speed Railway, Shaanxi

2011

Archival pigment print

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Zhang Kechun

An Overturned Cement Truck, Qinghai

2011

Archival pigment print

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Zhang Kechun

White Deer under a Cooling Tower, Inner Mongolia

2010

Archival pigment print

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Zhang Kechun

Men Climbing a Billboard, Qinghai, 2011

2011

Archival pigment print

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Zhang Kechun

People doing Morning Exercise under a Dragon Lamp, Gansu, 2011

2011

Archival pigment print

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Zhang Kechun

People Drink Tea by the River

2013

Archival pigment print

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Zhang Kechun

Sculptures in the Country, Inner Mongolia

2011

Archival pigment print

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Zhang Kechun

A Family Spending the Weekend under a Bridge, Shandong, China

2011

Archival pigment print

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Zhang Kechun

Lake in the Desert

2014

Archival pigment print

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Zhang Kechun

Two Men Painting a House in the River, Gansu

2011

Archival pigment print

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Zhang Kechun

People Fishing by the River, Shaanxi

2012

Archival pigment print

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Zhang Kechun

A Rockery in the Middle of a Dry Lake, Shandong

2011

Archival pigment print

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Zhang Kechun

A Man Standing on an Island in the Middle of the River Shaanxi, China

2012

Archival pigment print

Zhang Kechun

B. China 1980

B. China 1980

Biography

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.

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