Venue: Camden Image Gallery (174 Royal College Street London NW1 0SP)
Exhibition Hours: 12.00-19.00 26th June to 1st July, 2015
‘London–the city of fog’ is one of London’s most well-known stereotypes among people in China. When Dickens’ famous Oliver Twist was introduced in China, the title was literally translated as ‘The orphan in the foggy capital’. Though it has been over half a century since the Great Smog of ’52, many Chinese people still expect to be shrouded in fog on their first visit to London. To the surprise of most, London is mercifully fog-free. Ironically, fog is no longer new to people in today’s China. Pollution has brought Beijing back into the past—– like London in its fifties and sixties.
On 11th December 2013, an impenetrable fog rolled into London and heavily enveloped the city. Coincidentally, ‘The 2013 Eastern China Smog’, which is one of the worst bouts of air pollution in the area attacked China within the same month. The fog that lingered over the two countries blurs the differences between the post-industrial UK and the fast-industrializing China. However, the fog in the UK makes people reflect the past, whilst the fog in China makes people fear about the future.
Chasing Fog: Albert Zhang Solo Exhibition features 12 photographs, all taken by the artist on the 11th December 2013 in London. As an artist born and bred in Beijing, Albert has a complex feeling towards fog. Though obsessed by the artistic beauty of it, Albert knows the meaning of fog to Beijing, which has made his hometown somewhere ‘uninhabitable for human beings’. The smothering, rising mist in these images paradoxically heighten the poetic illusionary beauty and evoke traditional Chinese painting through the ages. This is also not lost on Albert’s attraction to such foggy vistas. Albert’s photographs are his artistic response to the environmental and social issues we face today.
By Lang Xiao (Curator)
‘雾都’—–这是让很多中国人记住伦敦的第一个‘“关键词’”。狄更斯的小说Oliver Twist在香港被译为《苦海孤雛》， 而在中国大陆则多被译作《雾都孤儿》。尽管距离1952年的伦敦烟雾事件已经过去了半个多世纪，很多中国人对‘“伦敦雾”的期待似乎没有降低。然而，伦敦往往让它的首次造访者感到‘“失望’”，曾经烟雾缭绕的污染重镇如今早已烟消云散。但出乎我们意外的意料的是，高速工业化城镇化带来的污染反倒一下子把中国变回了五六十年代的伦敦。
寻雾：张朝晖摄影作品展’”汇集了艺术家在2013年12月11日在伦敦大雾围城之日拍摄的12张作品。作为一个北京出生北京长大土生土长的北京人，张朝晖对‘雾’有着复杂的情感。 艺术家一方面被‘雾’的美丽神秘所吸引，雾中的伦敦在其摄影作品中透露出‘中国水墨’的意境和审美。另一方面，艺术家又不得不去面对‘雾’或‘雾霾’给北京甚至中国带来的伤痛。 本次展览也是艺术家对于当今环境和社会问题的一种回应。
- A young emerging Chinese artist, Albert Zhang, captures through his lens the intensity of fog that overwhelmed London’s city landscape on 11th December 2013
- As a Beijing born and bred artist, he contrasts this collection with a series of iPhone shots that record the insufferable smog experienced in China today, taken by the artist’s parents in Beijing.
- His exhibition questions the interaction between human behavior and the natural environment, and links post-industrial UK with fast-industrializing China.
Obsessed with the beauty of fog, the artist captures the scenery around his London residence during the fog on 11th December 2013. The audience will see an array of 12 photographs that have iconic London features, including the Cutty Sark, Greenwich Park and Canary Wharf’s financial district.
Although he focuses on visions of London, his photographs mirror traditional Chinese ink paintings and a Chinese landscape. The misty character of his photographs blurs the setting of the photographs, creating a beautifully mysterious resemblance of both the UK and China.
Isolated away from the main exhibition space, this second section of the exhibition displays 30 iPhone photographs taken by his parents residing in Beijing’s most central district. Of which, is the artist’s experiment to compare the living environment in China and the UK, and environmental impacts of climate change.
About the artist
Albert Zhang (B.1990) 张朝晖
Albert was born and grew up in Beijing. He came to the UK in 2009. He has BA in media production at University of Bedfordshire in the UK. Apart from making photographs, Albert is also a young entrepreneur in filmmaking. His works have been used by BMW and London Fashion Week, etc. was
About ARTouch Young Emerging Chinese Artist Program (YECAP)
This exhibition is the inaugural exhibition of ARTouch Young Emerging Chinese Artist Program (YECAP). YECAP is a dynamic art-incubator program for young Chinese artists ages 18-40 who seek to debut their artistic career and present their works to the British audience. ARTouch Consulting, a leading arts PR and arts agency in China and the UK, will help YCAP artists organise exhibitions in London-based galleries, connect with established artists of our time, prominent collectors, leading figures in the art world, and provide advice and consultation on their artistic career development. For more information, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org