Participating Artists: Shao Yinong & Muchen, Liu Yue, Niu Guozheng, Zhu Hao, Shao Wenhuan, Wang Yuming, Luo Yongjin, Zhou Ming, Zhou Hongbin, Ma Kang, Wan Chuan
Recent photography from China is the focus of Yavuz Fine Art’s inaugural exhibition. The gallery has chosen this medium for its maiden manifestation because photography emerged in China in the 1840’s, but a couple of years after its beginnings in Europe, making it as Chinese a medium as it is Western. Presenting eleven Chinese photographers, Open Frame: new landscape photography from China assembles some 40 recent works and series. Landscape is the thematic anchor of this first exhibition because in the context of Chinese cultural history, the genre figures prominently, embodying a rich array of key philosophical ideas related to self, spirit and existence. Employing a variety of techniques and aesthetic strategies, the photographers included in Open Frame all use facets of the landscape – real, imagined, urban, industrial, pastoral, heavenly or watery – to reveal China today. The exhibition is documented by a fully illustrated catalogue with a critical essay by Iola Lenzi.