City of intriguing details
Qian Liu in her father's home with her friend Sophie braiding her hair. Qian's father's wood crafting tools, along with Qian's old school artwork and their traces of tradition created an environment that felt both new and comfortable.
An inside look into XuBing art practice.
The Great Wall group photo including Paul Shambroom, Joe Schur, Beth Dow, Katayoun Amjadi, Lorena Molina Araujo, Rebecca Hoffmann, and two Beijing Film Academy students, Yao and YiMei.
A visit to a nearby Chinese medicine university and hospital where students study and practice Chinese medicine. Here the students are filling out orders from the doctors.
Gallery at the Three Shadows Photo Center in Beijing. I found the the galleries in Beijing to be simple, but very appealing with high ceilings, open space, and large, white walls.
Beijing May 23 -- June 5
We have had several studio visits--to Wang Youshen's in the outskirts of Beijing where we were entertained by Mr. Jin Zhang and Liu Pin in a magnificent studio museum space-- Lotus Art, Wang Youshen's studio is here and we had an opportunity to see the work area he has to develop his large scale "Washing" works.
A highlight was being asked to attend the Masters Exhibition opening on the 38th floor of the south SOHO building in the financial District --that was a wonderful experience for our students and a unique experience for the new MFA's from the Film Institute.
It was a great pleasure to be welcomed to the Beijing studio of Xu Bing and to have him discuss his shadow works as well as several large scale installation and public works, one of which is being developed for the Victoria & Albert Museum forecourt in London.
Students and faculty from the BFA and our students, with Paul Shambroom and I, have been entertained at dinners and lunches throughout the visit. Our students have taken the opportunity to explore Beijing on foot, taxi, and subway and have almost become Beijingers.
An artist from Beijing-- his work incorporates photography into place -- with his installation at the Minneapolis Photo Center he transforms the space into a facsimile of the darkroom where he develops the images from his series on the death of his Grandmother at age 93.
At the Regis Center for Art at the University of Minnesota he incorporates the process into the space, creating the viewer with an understanding of his process of washing the image from the paper on which they were printed.
The 2013 collaboration with the Film Academy photo school titled: Mirror / Window has been arranged with our students and BFA students in Beijing. Students will envision and interpret the theme taking into consideration their individual or collective understanding. Paul Shambroom, our newest hire in photography, will be taking an active role coordinating in this collaboration and will be leading the program for next years entry in the International Photography Festival in Ping Yao. We are enjoying a continued favored status with the Academy, and as I believe I mentioned earlier, the single longest collaborative partner with the BFA School of photography and the Fine arts/program.
Participating Faculty and students in 2013
Lorena Molina Araujo
Rebecca Rejeena Hoffman
Beth Ann Dow
We leave for Beijing on the 23rd of May arriving on the 24th and return to Minneapolis on the 5th of June. During this stay students will present their work in an exhibition at the Beijing Film Academy and have the opportunity to discuss their work and ideas in a form on the topic of Mirror/Window.