|Harvey Benge - Sian 2007|
China is a country of contrasts. It is one of the oldest advanced civilizations, and one of the most populous countries in the world on its way to become politically and economically a world power. Communist-ruled, but characterized by an unrestrained capitalism, rich in natural beauty, but with rampant environmental degradation, a growing class of privileged millionaires and abject poverty, China represents the dualism of extremes. The images and stories are countless as the myriad of lights of the big cities. International photographers show different perspectives on modern China, document the changes and reminisce about spirits and shamans. The pictures in this exhibition deal with large landscapes and intimate scenes of everyday life. The speed of change and the extremes in a surreal society are reflected in the work.
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