Bates College is proud to be a leader in supporting the emerging
field of Chinese contemporary art. Documenting China: Contemporary
Photography and Social Change was one of three such exhibitions, including
the site-specific Xu Bing: Calligraphy for the People
and Wenda Gu: From Middle Kingdom to Biological Millennium,
presented at the Bates College Museum of Art.
Working with internationally renowned
curator of photography Gu Zheng on this exhibition, the Museum received
generous donations from artists Zhou Hai, Jiang
Jian, Zhou Ming, Liu Xiaodi, Zhang Xinmin, Luo Yongjin, and
This exhibition represented a unique moment in the history of
China -- a magnificent visual
representation of a culture shifting and turning as it negotiates
its local and global role in the 21st century.