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31 August 2011

Wang Qingsong, The history of monuments

Since August 2009, I started to work with two hundred models over fifteen days, shooting the 42-metre-long History of Monuments. This work is my reflection on what is told about civilisations, beauties, virtues, standards and norms The models are smeared with mud and placed into the carved out contours of the photo backdrop. Chinese traditions are handed down from generation to generation with many documents on the historical figures, poetries, literature, dramas, etc. Often the powerful people like to summarize their achievements during their reign times. So each dynasty has its interpretations of its dynasty and the former dynasties. It is undeniable that many such versions are misguided.

Wang Qingsong

Prints by Picto, Paris.

Exhibition produced with the support of BMW.

Exhibition venue: église des Trinitaires, Rencontres d’Arles 2011.