Wang Qiuhang « Chinese Cultural Revolution (Self)Portrait 1966-1976 »
Billet de Marine Cabos (SOAS, associée CECMC), publié sur son site Photography of China. Il est consacré à des autoportraits réalisés durant la révolution culturelle par un photographe amateur, Wang Qiuhang. Cette archive photographique a été présentée cette année aux 49e Rencontres d’Arles.
Wang Qiuhang « Chinese Cultural Revolution (Self)Portrait 1966-1976 » at the 49th Rencontres d’Arles
- 2 July – 23 September 2018
- Les Rencontres de la photographie d’Arles (Arles, France)
Every summer since 1970, over the course of more than forty exhibitions at various of the city’s exceptional heritage sites, the Rencontres d’Arles has been a major influence in disseminating the best of world photography and playing the role of a springboard for photographic and contemporary creative talents.
This year, Photography of China is proud to have been selected to project an exclusive slideshow entitled « Wang Qiuhang: Chinese Cultural Revolution (Self)Portrait 1966-1976. » It introduces a collection of portraits depicting the Chinese photographer Wang Qiuhang taken by himself and his friends during the decade of the Chinese Cultural Revolution. Raised in Hangzhou in a family of high-ranking officials, Wang underwent countless difficulties throughout his life because his father was accused of being a “traitor of the Party”, sent to a labor camp and forced to kill himself. On account of his “bad family background,” Wang was denied jobs and, for years as a result, the opportunity to find a wife. Hence he explains “After having gone through total despair, I discovered another kind of love: the love of oneself.”