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Hidden Negatives

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The Galerie Julian Sander of Cologne presents works from the archives of chinese photographer Xu Yong, showing the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests in Beijing, China. From 2 September to 15 October 2016.

Xu Yong is born 1954 in Shanghai. Lives and works in Beijing, China. He was 35 years old when the student’s protests started in the spring of 1989, triggered by the death of Hú Yàobang, the general secretary of Chinas Communist Party. As the regime held on to its rigid policy amidst the drastic change coming about in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, Tiananmen Square became the center of the protests. People took it to the streets, demonstrating for democracy and the freedom of the press as much as against corruption and censorship. In the dawn of June 4, the Chinese military ended the protests forcefully. Among the protesters was Xu Yong who intuitively captured the scenes with his camera. All photographs of the events were strictly censored by the government later on. The images were therefore hidden in his archives for 25 years.

Yong decided against processing the images and instead reproduced inverted color negatives which may only be decoded with a smartphone or tablet camera, via the function of inverting color effect to negative, providing us with a surreal, yet unbiased glance at these historic events.

In 2014, Xu Yong finally published his photographs in a book. However, sales and distribution has been inhibited by the government ever since. Since 2015, a new edition of the book is available, published by Verlag Kettler in Germany. Galerie Julian Sander is proud to show a selection of works from the series “Negatives“.

Please find more information at Galerie Julian Sander

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