Shanghai Candid: Women in Motion
Shanghai Candid is a new body of work from emerging Shanghai-based photographer Liang Yue, commissioned by the San Francisco Arts Commission (SFAC) Gallery's Art at City Hall program. Shanghai Candid explores how women in a growing city interpret the concept of public space and site specificity.
For Shanghai Candid Ms. Yue continues her preoccupation with public space, turning her lens toward women on the move in downtown Shanghai. She captures, with a raw snapshot aesthetic, women as they commute, shop and stroll. The candid images intentionally subvert any lingering preconceived notions of Shanghai as an exotic location. The women are contemporary urban dwellers and the cityscape is identical to that of any metropolis in the developed world. In fact, one might imagine that many of the exhibited photographs depict downtown San Francisco. These images do not depict a story that is unique to Shanghai, and the lack of site-specificity brings into focus similarities, rather than differences, between San Francisco and our Sister City Shanghai.
The San Francisco Art's Commission Gallery's exhibition Shanghai Candid: Women in Motion is a key component of the Shanghai Celebration, a year-long festival presented by San Francisco Bay Area organizations to honor the region's unique and historic relationship with Shanghai. It features dozens of Shanghai-related programs throughout 2010, including concerts, performances, films, exhibitions, discussions and other special events. The San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery is pleased to participate in this landmark event, and progress an international dialogue through contemporary art.
Liang Yue was born in Shanghai in 1979. She graduated from the Shanghai Art Academy in 2001. Today she lives and works in Shanghai. Recent exhibitions include The Thirteen: Chinese Video Now, PS1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City, New York, USA (2006), China Contemporary - Architecture, Art and Visual Culture, Netherlands Photomuseum, Rotterdam, The Netherlands (2006), Restless - Photography and New Media, Museum of Contemporary Art, Shanghai, China (2006), Stop Dazing, BizArt, Shanghai, China (2005), Conceptual Photography from the Peoples Republic of China, Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver/Colorado, USA, and China Now, MoMA Film at the Gramercy Theatre, New York, USA (2004). Liang Yue is represented by ShanghART Gallery in Shanghai.
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