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Title: Abandoned negatives, Themeless Parks : images of contemporary China in two photographic projects
Authors: Pan, L 
Keywords: Photography
Chinese visual culture
Contemporary China
End of history
Hong Kong art
Chinese urban space
Issue Date: 2017
Publisher: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group
Source: Journal for cultural research, 2017, v. 21, no. 1, p. 33-50 How to cite?
Journal: Journal for cultural research 
Abstract: This article juxtaposes two photographic projects to illustrate ways of perceiving everyday space in contemporary China: on the one hand, Silvermine Project' (2009-2013), by French collector and editor Thomas Sauvin, recycles a vast collection of abandoned film negatives from the 1980s to the early 2000s, and subsequently curates' these amateur images into the frame of a quasi-ethnographic approach. On the other hand, Hong Kong photographer Dustin Shum's Themeless Parks' (2008) presents a series images of public parks in Chinese cities and towns. The two projects propose different readings of the postsocialist' condition in contemporary China. While the domestic shots curated by Sauvin actively mobilise individual and national identities in private and public spaces, Shum's compositions of shape, colour and architectural density reveal a highly orchestrated China' that pre-empts the emergence of an individual identity. This paper analyses the textual articulations of individuality, space, and temporality in the two projects.
ISSN: 1479-7585
EISSN: 1740-1666
DOI: 10.1080/14797585.2017.1282222
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