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Working on History

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The special exhibition Working on History. Contemporary Chinese Photography and the Cultural Revolution presents both historical and contemporary works, in order to investigate the impact of China’s Cultural Revolution on the country’s modern-day art and photography scene.

The Cultural Revolution (1966–1976) has had an almost unparalleled influence on the arts in China over the past fifty years. The socio-political movement encouraged the radical rejection of both traditional Chinese as well as Western cultural values. To reach this goal, the government carried out mass propaganda campaigns of the most enormous proportions. In addition to posters and wall-mounted newspapers, the medium of film and photography played a defining role – and we still associate this chapter of Chinese history with the visual aesthetics of these publications.

!Working on History! opens at the Museum für Fotografie Berlin on 17 August 2017 (from 19.00), and will be on display in the venue’s Kunstbibliothek exhibition space until 7 January 2018.

To complement the exhibition, the museum will also host a panel forum on 19 August, featuring a number of artists and curators. In addition, the exhibition is accompanied by a comprehensive publication released by Kerber Publishing.

For further details visit Museum für Fotografie

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