This exhibition records and investigates these changes through photographs, films, documents, and objects. All the photographs in the show were taken by photographers who were active during the reform era. When photography was not yet widespread in China, these visualised histories were available due to their pioneering efforts.
For more than 40 years, their works have maintained the public's perspective, recording images that are inseparable from social changes, history, and human nature, charting the daily existence of ordinary people engulfed by the great reform process.
The visual impact and spiritual shock of these photographs are still as strong as ever. These photographers have transformed their personal experiences into tangible art, using moments of the era to define reveal the essence of change.
Politics seem to be an essential factor that can never be avoided when people talk about China. But behind the political mountains, there is the real scenery of an era. People have climbed one mountain after another to obtain a better life.
Created by Ge Zhu in collaboration with Image Talk Studio, Beijing. Presented at the Rebecca Hossack Art Gallery, London.
Presented in conjunction with the MA Museums, Galleries and Contemporary Culture at the University of Westminster.