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Modern Chinese photography by Yao Lu

Posted on 27 January 2011

Chinese photography exhibition by Yao Lu

Istanbul Modern Photography Gallery is hosting an exhibition by Yao Lu, one of the most renowned artists to have introduced contemporary Chinese photography to the world.

The exhibition Yao Lu’s New Landscapes displays 31 of the artist’s works in which he first photographs mounds of garbage and construction debris covered with green protective nets and then, using digital applications, recreates the aesthetics of traditional Chinese painting by adding trees, pagodas, boats and houses.

Eleven of the works on display were created in 2010 exclusively for the current exhibition in Istanbul.

Yao Lu was named winner of the 2008 BMW- Paris Photo Prize for contemporary photography at a gala awards ceremony.

He is an emerging Chinese artist and teacher at the photography department of the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing. His work has been shown in numerous festivals and collective exhibitions around China (Lianzhou International Photo Festival 2007, New China Occidentalism – China Contemporary Art in Beijing in 2006, Pingyao International Photography Festival in 2004). But his work has rarely been shown in the West, except at the Fotofest International Houston in 2008, and at the “Space and Transportation” exhibition in Graz, Austria, in 1997.

Date: 19 January – 22 May

Where: Museum Istanbul Modern, Tophane

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