Zhang Kechun

20th Apr 2016 - 21st May 2016

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20 April – 21 May 2016

Beetles+Huxley are pleased to announce the first UK solo exhibition of award-winning Chinese photographer, Zhang Kechun.

Born in 1980 in Sichuan, China, Zhang produces epic vistas that dwell on the significance of the landscape in modern Chinese national identity. Zhang’s first series The Yellow River documents the effects of modernisation along the third longest river in Asia.┬áZhang’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.

Gallery director, Giles Huxley-Parlour says: “Zhang Kechun is one of a growing number of exciting Chinese photographers making their names known in Europe and the United States. His sublime views of the industrial wastelands consuming rural China are invested with both political and sociological pertinence. Whilst Zhang imbues the altered landscape of China with a tragic beauty, his photographs also are often witty, showing the frequently absurd scenarios in which the inhabitants of the river’s surroundings find themselves.”

 

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Works

Men Climbing A Billboard, Qinghai, 2011

Men Climbing A Billboard, Qinghai, 2011

Zhang Kechun

Workers Building Bridge Piers For A High-Speed Railway, Shaanxi, 2011

Workers Building Bridge Piers For A High-Speed Railway, Shaanxi, 2011

Zhang Kechun

A Rockery In The Middle Of A Dry Lake, Shandong, 2011

A Rockery In The Middle Of A Dry Lake, Shandong, 2011

Zhang Kechun

Stone In The Middle Of The River, 2013

Stone In The Middle Of The River, 2013

Zhang Kechun

People Doing Morning Exercise Under A Dragon Lamp, Gansu, 2011

People Doing Morning Exercise Under A Dragon Lamp, Gansu, 2011

Zhang Kechun

Sculptures In The Country, Inner Mongolia, 2011

Sculptures In The Country, Inner Mongolia, 2011

Zhang Kechun

An Overturned Cement Truck, Qinghai, 2011

An Overturned Cement Truck, Qinghai, 2011

Zhang Kechun

People Crossing The Yellow River With A Photo Of Mao Zedong, Henan, 2012

People Crossing The Yellow River With A Photo Of Mao Zedong, Henan, 2012

Zhang Kechun

Lake In The Desert, 2014

Lake In The Desert, 2014

Zhang Kechun

People Fishing By The River, Shaanxi, 2012

People Fishing By The River, Shaanxi, 2012

Zhang Kechun

Two Men Painting A House In The River, Gansu, 2011

Two Men Painting A House In The River, Gansu, 2011

Zhang Kechun

People Drink Tea By The River, 2013

People Drink Tea By The River, 2013

Zhang Kechun

A Buddha Head In The Mountain, 2015

A Buddha Head In The Mountain, 2015

Zhang Kechun

White Deer Under A Cooling Tower, Inner Mongolia, 2010

White Deer Under A Cooling Tower, Inner Mongolia, 2010

Zhang Kechun

A Man Standing On An Island In The Middle Of The River Shaanxi, China, 2012

A Man Standing On An Island In The Middle Of The River Shaanxi, China, 2012

Zhang Kechun

A Family Spending The Weekend Under A Bridge, Shandong, China, 2011

A Family Spending The Weekend Under A Bridge, Shandong, China, 2011

Zhang Kechun

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