Silk Road & Scenes of Reflections
16 September – 11 November 2017
OPENING IN THE PRESENCE OF THE ARTIST
Saturday 16 September
from 17.00 until 19.00 hours
On the occasion of the opening, photographer and documentary maker Ruben Terlou will give a short introduction to the work of Chen Nong.
With his “One Belt, One Road” initiative (OBOR) Chinese president Xi Jinping is reviving the old Silk Road. The Chinese artist Chen Nong (50) has these last few years been inspired by the Silk Road. While Xi Jinping is pursuing the extension and strengthening of the political and economic power of the Middle Kingdom, Chen Nong is from his historical perspective, first of all, empowering the image.
Chen Nong has earned international acclaim for his hand-painted photographs depicting events from the rich Chinese history. His series of works about the eight most important farmer rebellions on the banks of the Yellow River during the past 2000 years drew a lot of attention at his solo exhibition at Reflex Amsterdam in 2012.
With his series about the Silk Road Chen Nong conjures up images of fabulous cities and exotic regions of long gone empires and great conquerors. Against the backdrop of ruins from the period of the Silk Road in the western Chinese province of Xinjiang Chen Nong illustrates the decoration of his imaginative and colorful stories.
Apart from his wondrous images about the Silk Road, Chen Nong also shows works of his series “Scenes of Reflections”. With this impressive series Chen Nong refers to Buddhism and Zen in Chinese culture and history.
Ruben Terlou (born May 17, 1985) is a Dutch photographer, journalist and medical doctor. He presented the highly acclaimed six-episode documentary series for VPRO television “Along the Banks of the Yangtze, China through the eyes of photographer Ruben Terlou”. Directed by Maaik Krijgsman, filmed by Joost van Herwijnen, edited by Pelle Asselbergs and produced by De Haaien. Ruben is fluent in Mandarin Chinese.