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Power in Perspective: Early Photographs in China Artist Talks: Activating Collections

Thursday, March 23, 2023 from 7-8:30 pm

Join us for this virtual roundtable about artists responding to historic collections. Our speakers include three contemporary Chinese photographers featured in Power and Perspective: Early Photography in China: Shi Yangkun, Liang Yingfei and Lu Yufan. The roundtable will be moderated by He Yining and is co-presented with Asia Art Archive in America. Sponsored by the Lowell Institute. The program will be in English and Chinese, with live translation.

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Power and Perspective: Early Photography in China
explores how the camera transformed the way we imagine China. It sheds light on photography as an inherently social medium that continues to shape our perspectives today. Read more on the exhibition page.

Founded in 2009, Asia Art Archive in America (AAAinA) is an independently established and operated U.S. 501(c)3 and the U.S. hub of Asia Art Archive (AAA) in Hong Kong. Serving the multiethnic population of New York City and responding to a growing public interest in contemporary art from Asia and the Asian diaspora, AAAinA provides research-based, up-to-date information about recent art history and current art practice of these regions and communities. Through regular programming, a publicly accessible reading room and a resource-rich website, AAAinA highlights under-documented narratives and related art practices in order to enrich and give nuance to Asian, American and global art history, to expand understanding of contemporary art practice and to create new knowledge and art. Follow their events on Instagram @asiaartarchiveinamerica.

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  1. Shi Yangkun
    Shi Yangkun uses the language of photography to explore the complexity of Chinese society in a subtle way. His work has been exhibited at the Shanghai Center of Photography, the Zhejiang Art Museum and the Art Museum of Guangzhou Academy of Fine Art, as well as internationally. He has been awarded the PHMuseum Photography Grant, PDN Emerging Photographer, TOP20 Chinese Contemporary Photographer and the First Prize of UrbanPhotoFest Open. Find him @shiyangkun.

  1. Liang Yingfei
    Liang Yingfei is a Chinese visual storyteller who began practicing photography in 2012. Her first long-term project captured the intimate relationships of a man diagnosed with a rare disease and was published and exhibited in 2014. In 2015, Liang became a photojournalist, covering spot news in China and reporting on social minorities. Since 2018, Liang has been actively involved in the Magnum Foundation Photography Expanded Documentary Mentorship Program. “Beneath the scars,” her multimedia project reflecting the traumatic memories of sexual abuse survivors, received the 2019 Inter Art Center New Documentaries Prize at the 2020 KYOTOGRAPHIE International Photography Festival. In May 2021, her work “Good Morning, My Wife in Heaven” received Third Prize (Short) in World Press Photo’s Digital Storytelling Contest.

  1. Lu Yufan
    Lu Yufan was born in Tianjin and graduated from the Photography and Urban Culture Master of Arts program at Goldsmiths College, London in 2017. She currently lives in Beijing and Tianjin. Her work focuses on body and identity, as well as the everyday production and application of images. Her photography has been exhibited at Biennale für aktuelle Fotografie, PhEST and the Singapore International Photo Festival. She was awarded the PHMuseum New Generation Prize in 2020, as well as a Firecracker Photography Grant. Find her @lufaway.


  1. He Yining
    He Yining is a curator, writer and researcher of visual arts based in the UK and China. Her curatorial practices focus on uncovering contemporary visual arts practices and weaving them into a dual vision of politics and visual culture. She has curated more than 40 exhibitions for museums, art institutions and photography festivals across Europe and Asia, including the 8th Singapore Photography Festival: Future Known as Unpredicted (Singapore, 2022), BredaPhoto 2020: China Imagined (Breda, the NL) and the 3rd Beijing Photo Biennale: Troubled Intention Ahead (Beijing, 2018). She has been published widely in Chinese and English, including journals, book chapters and exhibition publications. She is the editor of Floating Island: Journal of Photography and Visual Culture and served as a peer reviewer for OVER Journal.

Bing Wang received her doctoral degree in May 2022 from the joint Art History program between Case Western Reserve University and The Cleveland Museum of Art. She currently serves as a curatorial research associate at the Peabody Essex Museum. Her research centers around histories of photography, Asian arts and visual culture, as well as migrations of themes and motifs across media, culture and geographic regions. As a freelance translator, she works with cultural institutions and publishers for history- and art-related content.

Founded in 1799 by America's first global entrepreneurs, PEM is a museum of international art and culture dedicated to connecting art to the world in which it is made. We celebrate outstanding artistic and cultural creativity by collecting, stewarding, and interpreting objects of art and culture in ways that increase knowledge, enrich the spirit, engage the mind and stimulate the senses. PEM is one of the nation's major museums for Asian art, including Japanese, Chinese, Korean and Indian art, along with Asian Export art and 19th-century Asian photography.