‘Offering’ by Wang Qingsong
In addition to their technical and visual allure, Wang Qingsong’s images convey pressing social narratives and display his sardonic and critical intelligence. The mind behind the images is always enquiring, emphatic and satirical. His photographs co-opt the impact and visual vocabulary of Western big-budget advertising – as well as propaganda images of the Chinese Communist regime’s Cultural Revolution – and uses them against themselves. At the same time, they channel the heritage of ancient Chinese arts (such as scroll painting) as well as references to European Old Master paintings, and thereby meld both East and West, past and present.