Exhibition Highlight | « SHAN SHUI » by photographers Sébastien Tixier and Raphaël Bourelly

Billet de Marine Cabos (SOAS, associée CECMC), publié sur son site Photography of China. Il est consacré à une exposition de photographies de Sébastien Tixier et Raphaël Bourelly, qui se tient jusqu’à fin juin à Paris.

Exhibition Highlight | « SHAN SHUI » by Photographers Sébastien Tixier and Raphaël Bourelly

Over the last thirty years China’s growth has rocketed. This abrupt change has accelerated both the industrial and urban development of the country supported

From SHAN SHUI series © Sébastien Tixier & Raphaël Bourelly / Courtesy of Le 247

by the Chinese government. Today these governmental strategies are primarily aimed at developing the western regions of the country,  but the emerging areas of activity bring on new challenges: increasing demands on the limited water supply, and urbanisation: the emergence of new cities and the development of those which already existed.

However, according to Taoist philosophy – one of the two greatest philosophical systems that has emerged and developed in China – man and the world must be at one. Taoism recommends that man return to the mountains and the forests, but also teaches the idea of “non-intervention”, meaning living in harmony with the Tao, the path, the way. Going against this means going against the principles of the origin of the world, and this would lead to chaos. Mythology depicts the nature and rhythm of cataclysms often due to human or divine intervention. In these stories, the ebb and flow of the river are akin to human breathing, water from these rivers represents the blood of the earth, and the mountains stand as pillars of the sky.

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Monique Abud

Centre d'études sur la Chine moderne et contemporaine, EHESS, Paris, France

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Centre d'études sur la Chine moderne et contemporaine, EHESS, Paris, France

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