Exhibition opens at China Design Centre, on Fri 11th November (private view 6.30 – 9pm)
Exhibition continues to Friday 18th November. Opening times: Mon – Fri 10am – 6pm (Sat: 10am – 5pm)
There will be a talk and discussion chaired by Dr. Lucy Soutter on Tuesday 15th Nov 6.30 – 7.30pm.
At China Design Centre, The Building Centre, 26 Store Street, London WC1E 7BT
This exhibition of still and moving image brings together Chinese graduates from The University of Westminster’s MA Photographic Studies with some of their invited colleagues. The exhibition takes its title from the The Chinese characters 写 (Reflect) and 真 (Truth) which are commonly used to represent ‘photography’.
Students of photography are commonly engaged in debates around the relationships between the image and its real world sources – questioning the extent to which the photograph can reflect the nature of the world it depicts and how it operates as an artistic medium. Here, documentary tendencies collide with fiction, allegory and metaphor. The research process required to create such artworks provides the space to look for commonalities and divergences and to turn them into something we can point at, something we can recognize.
Exposure to differing viewpoints and experiences enlarges our world and unquestionably affects the outcome of the work of artists and photographers. Periods of study and work abroad are opportunities to see our own origins from a distance and to gain new perspectives. This exhibition allows us to observe the juxtaposition and intermingling of various cultural discourses. These thoughtful photographic projects provide an insight into the world as experienced through multiple perspectives.
For the Chinese title of the exhibition we have translated the English title back into Chinese, preferring the characters 现 and 像 which together give a better sense of the implications of the English phrase ‘Reflect the Truth’.
ALLAN PARKER – Curator
最后，关于摄影展的标题。我们将英文的标题翻译成中文，决定了 “现”与“像”两个中文字，而当他们一起，这个词给与了‘Reflect the Truth(反映现实)’恰当的意义。
–文Allan Parker 翻译：Sunsun Liu（刘桑)