Exhibition: 17 Apr – 8 Jun 2016
M97 PROJECT SPACE
170 Yueyang Road, No.1, Bldg. 3, #105
363 Changping Road, Building 4
Tue-Fri 11-18; Sat, Sun 12-18
LUO DAN SIMPLE SONG
Through JUNE 8, 2016
M97 PROJECT SPACE, 170 Yueyang Road, No.1, Bldg. 3, #105
Running concurrently in the M97 Project Space (in the Former French Concession) will be a selection of Luo Dan's photographs from his acclaimed “SIMPLE SONG” series made between 2010-2012. Luo Dan spent nearly two years traveling in an under-developed and mountainous region of China’s southern Yunnan Province, the Nu River Valley photographing a Christian community whose values and way of life have remained largely intact for hundreds of years. Luo Dan chose to employ the traditional wet-plate collodion photographic process which dates to the mid-nineteenth century.
“I have traveled a long road, I have seen a lot of things, and in the end I have realized that all differences are actually similarities. And so I stopped, and looked in a single place for something unchanging, trying to figure out why this place had the power to stand still in time.” - Luo Dan
Luo Dan was born in Chongqing in 1968 and graduated from the Sichuan Fine Art Academy in 1992. He is the recipient of several photography awards, including the prestigious Art Award China (AAC) for Photography Artist of the Year 2013, for his Simple Song series. In addition, one of the images from this series ("Simple Song No.25: John Ringing The Bell") was included in the second edition of Phaidon’s The Photography Book (2015), “an unsurpassed collection of more than 550 superb images that represent the world's best photographers from the mid-nineteenth century to today”. He currently lives and works in Chengdu, China.