UNTITLEDdialogue 14 未命题对话: 王庆松 Wang Qingsong
Time | 时间: February 6, 2014 (Thursday), 6:30-8:00pm
Location: Einstein Auditorium, Barney Building, New York University, 34 Stuyvesant Street, New York, 10003
地点：纽约大学爱因斯坦演讲厅，Einstein Auditorium, Barney Building, New York University, 34 Stuyvesant Street, New York, NY10003
Guest Speaker: Wang Qingsong, Gerald Pryor
分享人：王庆松，杰拉尔德 普莱尔（Gerald Pryor）
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Ticket: Open to public with free admission, suggested donation: $5
Fou Gallery is pleased to announce that on February 6th, 2014 (Thursday 18:30-20:00), the 14th UNTITLEDdialogue will invite artist Wang Qingsong to talk about his career as a prominent Chinese contemporary artist who has contributed to the making of a new photographic art utilizing the speed and chaos of Chinaalong with the core of the culture. It will be followed by a dialogue between Wang Qingsong and Gerald Pryor, professor and head of Photography, New York University Department of Art and Art Professions. The project gains support from NYU Department of Art and Art Professions / Steinhard, and NYU Department of Photography and Imaging / Tisch.
Wang Qingsong’s staged photographs are vehicles for incisive, witty commentary on economic expansion, social tension, and rising Western influence in contemporary China. Wang’s subject matter is his own, stemming from observations of, and concern for, the future of Chinese society. Images such as Competition (2004), a photograph of a stage set exhaustively plastered in corporate posters, and Follow me (2003), which depicts Wang sitting in front of a huge chalkboard covered with words that refer to the recent economic boom, are references to history and popular culture of China in particular. The name Follow Me is taken from the first and most popular English language-teaching program introduced by CCTV (China State Television) in 1982, during the early years of economic reconstruction in China. In the 1980s, “Follow Me” helped many Chinese people learn about the west and the world in spite of the Closed -Door policy and make real their dreams of going overseas to further their studies. Wang constructed a huge four-meter wide and eight-meter long blackboard in Beijing Film Studio in 2003, and scribbled many Chinese and English slogans and terminology referencing changes in Chinese history and culture, words mainly taken from China-based English-training textbooks and manuals. In later years, Wang Qingsong continued the “Follow” series. In 2010, he created Follow Him. Constructed from tons of used books, magazines, dictionaries, college preparatory materials and among others, the project is a reflection on the education problem in China. The 2013 project Follow You looks into the issue again from another perspective.
About the Speakers