“Flowing Waters Never Return to the Source: Photographers Gazing at the River in China”
Column:2020 Time:2020-07-15
The exhibition“Flowing Waters Never Return to the Source: Photographers Gazing at the River in China”centres upon the Chinese river, as seen through the eyes of thirteen photographers, including Liu Ke, Zhang kechun, and Chen Ronghui.


The photography exhibition, “Flowing Waters Never Return to the Source: Photographers Gazing at the River in China” centres upon the Chinese river, a seminal theme in contemporary photography in China, as seen through the eyes of thirteen photographers. The exhibition lasts from July 15 to November 29, 2020, and +3 Gallery artists Michael Cherney, Liu Ke, Zhang kechun, and Chen Ronghui participates in the exhibition.

From the re-appropriation of traditional Chinese painting where idealized landscapes seem suspended in time (“mountain-water”) to the accelerated modernization of the country and its consequences for nature and the environment, and visual narratives using its evocative power, the river has formed a recurring motif of inspiration for photographers in China over the past twenty years - whether Chinese or otherwise.