An Era Without Memories: Chinese Contemporary Photography on Urban Transformation

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An affecting collection of contemporary Chinese photography responding to the monumental encroachment of urban development across the country

This timely book documents the phenomenon of rapid and transformative urbanization in China through the work of thirty-one of the country’s most talented art photographers. Capturing both the remnants of widespread demolition and constant, massive new development, these insiders have captured the new Chinese reality―an “era without memories”―brought on by the expansive urban transformation.

In four thematic chapters, An Era Without Memories offers a varied and thought-provoking kaleidoscope of imagery depicting every aspect of urban living, from juxtapositions of old and new to still-life pockets of roadside greenery to digital renderings of closely packed high-rises. These include Miao Xiaochun’s photograph of a vast glass building rising ominously from behind a traditional neighborhood; Wang Jinsong’s collages of the Chinese character used to mark condemned buildings; Zhang Peili’s shots of pastiche Western architecture; Xu Zhengqin’s billboards showing dream residential and commercial developments; and Wang Chuan’s poetic images of abandoned, half-finished, modern buildings.

Complete with an introduction by Stephan Feuchtwang, an expert on China and Professor of Anthropology at the London School of Economics, and a personal afterword by author Jiang Jiehong, this remarkable book offers a moving portrait of the dramatically changing Chinese landscape. 132 illustrations, 115 in color

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Jiang Jiehong is Professor of Chinese Art at Birmingham Institute of Art and Design, Birmingham City University in the United Kingdom. He was editor of Burden or Legacy: From the Chinese Cultural Revolution to Contemporary Art and author of The Revolution Continues: New Art from China, Red: China’s Cultural Revolution, and A Decade Long Exposure.

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