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Using the photographs, videos and photographic installation of seven Chinese artists, this exhibition unfolds a visual and psychological itinerary with variations on the image of the woman in modern China associated with the representation of Time. The title guangYIN, which means Time in Chinese, encapsulates the idea of a becoming intended as a alternating succession of light (guang) and shade (yin), the rotating of night and day. However “yin” is also a word denoting the female universe, and the female protagonists of these works, produced by artists of both sexes, are portrayed in unique moments of their existences. Curated by: Rosario Scarpato and Monica Piccioni

Hai Bo
Yin Xiuzhen
Han Lei
Han was born in 1967 in Kaifen, in the Henan province, in the central region of the People’s Republic of China. In addition to China, he exhibited his work in Belgium, Germany, Japan, Finland, and United States. The work presented in this exhibition was produced between 1986 and 2002. During these years, he travelled through various cities, especially in northern China. Chinese towns of medium size are the setting of this work. Twenty photographs are presented; they narrate the story of those people who try to exploit of that particular economy that develops alongside the Chinese railway system. He is a melancholic photographer, with his black and white stills, which are often shot during the winter, under a cloudy sky. He conveys a static atmosphere where, despite the great changes that go on in the country, everything seems suspended, immobile.

Chen Lingyang
Wang Ning
Cui Xiuwen
Xing Danwen
Xing Danwen was born in 1967, in Xi'an, in the Shaanxi province, located in the central region of the People's Republic of China. Between 1982 and 1986 she attended the Academy of Fine Arts of Xi'an; in 1992 she received her diploma from the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing, and between 1998 and 2000 she was enrolled in the Visual Arts School of New York. Since 1994 her work was exhibited in China, as well as in other countries such as Germany, Japan, USA, Great Britain, Albania, France and Canada. Her work “Scroll A” was produced in Beijing, in the summers of 1999 and 2000. It was prepared with a manual technique that allowed developing and printing the entire length of the negative. This created impressive panoramic scenes that revealed, with their profound blacks and whites, the life of Pekinese people as they gathered along the banks of the Ho Hai Lake, located in the centre of the city. This poetic photographic work reveals an important characteristic of the Chinese people: outdoor life (

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