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, from the series Scenes of Reflections, 2017,hand-painted gelatin silver print on fiber paper, 100x120cm
Chen Nong became internationally recognized with 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.
Chen Nong, from the series Scenes of Reflections, 2017, hand-painted gelatin silver print on fiber paper, 100x120cm
Silk Road & Scenes of Reflections
16 September – 11 November 2017
OPENING IN PRESENCE OF THE ARTIST
Saturday 16 September
from 17.00 until 19.00 hours