Documenting China: Contemporary Photography and Social Change

Exhibition open from Sat May 17 2008 to Mon Sep 29 2008

In the new exhibition Documenting China: Contemporary Photography and Social Change, Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service partners with Bates College Museum of Art in Lewiston, Maine, to explore the modern essence of the most populous nation on earth. Through the dramatic works of seven Chinese photographers, visitors experience the country from an insider’s point of view. With raw black-and-white and color images, photographers Liu Xiaodi, Jiang Jian, Zhang Xinmin, Luo Yongjin, Zhou Hai, Lu Yuanmin, and Zhou Min unveil the truth about China’s internal struggle—a battle between modern industrialism and the traditional, agrarian past that has sustained the country for thousands of years.