poster for Bo Wang "Heteroscapes"

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Heteroscapes is a portrait of China’s contemporary urban spaces and landscapes in a period of intensified transition. Throughout the past 20 years of an economic boom, this transition has shifted the social power structure and subverted once common values, dramatically altering the functions and even the concreteness of landscapes and urban structures.

In these striking photographs, simultaneous demolition and construction erase the memories of the land and implant new but unrecognizable values. The absence of historical uniformity and rational planning both symbolize and impel a chaos of social values and increasing materialism: a 2000-year-old city is razed and disappears; contradictory architectures arise beside each other; an ancient temple is protected from water raised by dam construction; suburban communities spring up through random overdevelopment; centers for fertilization and for parentage identification stand side by side; religious and alien commercial icons weave an unpredictable visual texture. The China of these photographs is a battlefield of transition. The figures of contemporary landscapes and urban structures not only represent the current reality but also disclose the capricious potential desires of an expanding society.



from January 15, 2010 to February 05, 2010

Opening Reception on 2010-01-15 from 18:00 to 21:00


Bo Wang

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