CHEN JIAGANG 27.1–28.4.2024
Photographer Chen Jiagang’s images combine hypnotic depictions of the Chinese countryside, the factories and marketplaces of megacities, industrial architecture and still-life human figures. The large photographs open up vast landscapes, revealing the immense proportions of a special kind of nature and, at the same time, the human handprint left there. China’s rich natural resources and huge population have enabled the country’s rapid economic growth. At the same time, they have created a vicious circle of production and consumption, with big factories producing more and more goods. Chen’s work conveys a reflection on the relationship between history and the present and, through this, a concern for the future.
Chen Jiagang, originally trained as an architect, now lives and works in Beijing. His photographic works have been exhibited at solo and group exhibitions around the world in Asia, Europe and the United States. His works are in the collections of major museums such as MoMA in New York and LACMA in Los Angeles.