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Out of the Shadows: Contemporary Chinese Photography

Museum of Photographic Arts
March 7-September 6, 2020  |  Tuesday to Sunday 10am-5pm, closed on Monday

Inspired by the last three decades of China’s dynamic development, Out of the Shadows: Contemporary Chinese Photography features Chinese artists who question traditional aesthetics, local and global histories, and the photographic medium. Each featured artist has found his/her artistic voice by challenging conventional expressions of photography.

The show’s selected contemporary Chinese artists, many of whom have never been exhibited in an American museum before, all continue to push the boundaries of photographic art with new technologies and innovative perspectives.

The exhibition is curated by Tiffany Wai-Ying Beres, an art historian and Asian art specialist previously based in Beijing for nearly a decade, and who has curated over thirty exhibitions around the world.

Artists included in the exhibition are Lang Jingshan (1892-1995), Chu Chu, Hong Lei, Ni Youyu, Shao Wenhuan, Shi Guorui, Wang Ningde, Yang Fudong, and Yang Yongliang.

A catalog published by the Museum of Photographic Arts will accompany the exhibition.

Financial support is provided by the City of San Diego; E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation; Councilmember Chris Cate, City of San Diego, Sixth District; County of San Diego; 21st Century China Center, UC San Diego School of Global Policy and Strategy; Jon Doellstedt; Sony Electronics Inc.; Gail and Ralph Bryan; and the Gardner Bilingual Fund. The Exhibition Support Council is sustained by community leaders like the Elaine Galinson & Herbert Solomon Donor Advised Fund of the Jewish Community Foundation, Karen Kinney, Marion and David Knowles, Gail and Mel Mackler, Julie Lorene Smith, Elizabeth Taft, Marie Tartar and Steve Eilenberg, and Peggy Ann Wallace.

For sponsorship or underwriting opportunities contact a member of the Development Team at or 619-238-7559 x300.

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