… some aspects concerning different viewpoints: First here to be recommended a still ongoing platform at Berlin’s HKW titled China – Between Past and Future mainly showing work of younger artists living and working in China. The accompanying show titled Between Past and Future focuses on the developments of new forms of expression during the 90s in Bejing’s East Village especially in the field of photography and performance.
|… photography primarily served propagandistic purposes during the first thirty years of the People’s Republic of China, following the Cultural Revolution of 1976 and the death of Mao Tse-tung it gradually provided an opening for individual artistic expression. Since the mid 1990s, this particular art scene has established itself as an experimental avant-garde.
The exhibition, which explores central themes and lines of development within contemporary Chinese photography, has four different sections: „History and Memory“, „Performing the Self“, „Re-Imagining the Body“ and „People and Place“.
|Over 100 works will be shown that reflect the unparalleled economic, social and cultural changes undergone by China during the 21st century.|
…. and an longer article of NYT (via IFTF) describing aspects of western introduction of selfcensorship to adjust to chinese standards with the example of google’s censored invention of its own site:
Currently, all of wikipedia.com is blocked; the group is trying to convince Wikipedia’s overseers to agree to the creation of a sanitized Chinese version with the potentially illegal entries removed. They argue that this would leave 99.9 percent of Wikipedia intact, and if that material were freely available in China, they say, it would be a great boon for China, particularly for underfinanced and isolated schools. …