Exhibitions/ Art Object
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Spring Festival along the River

Artist:
Hong Hao (Chinese, born 1965)
Date:
2000
Culture:
China
Medium:
Accordion album of thirty-four leaves; chromogenic print
Dimensions:
Image (each pair of leaves): 14 1/4 × 24 1/2 in. (36.2 × 62.2 cm)
Classification:
Photographs
Credit Line:
Lent by David Solo
Rights and Reproduction:
© Hong Hao
Not on view
Hong juxtaposes a series of photographs documenting a journey from suburban Beijing into the city center with scenes from a similar journey imagined in the most famous cityscape from imperial China—a twelfth-century handscroll thought to depict the Song dynasty capital at Kaifeng. Beginning with a snapshot of the Great Wall taken from an expressway outside Beijing, the side-by-side presentation invites the viewer to compare the technology of the brush with that of the camera, ink painting with color photography, and scenes of the ancient past with vignettes from contemporary life. By presenting contemporary images alongside a celebrated example of ancient Chinese art, Hong examines attitudes toward progress and nostalgia, but whether he is championing one over the other remains ambiguous.
Signature: Signed by the artist