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Archival c-type print
Edition of 3
Dimensions: 112.0cm(H) x 140.0cm(W) / 44.1"(H) x 55.1"(W)
Note: Actual colours may vary due to photography & computer settings.
'Y25_2,400 km from the river source' is from Yan Wang Preston's critically acclaimed project 'Mother River', for which she photographed the entire 6,211 km Yangtze River in China at precise 100 km intervals with a large-format film camera. The project aims at challenging China's idealised national identity through de-mythifying the landscapes of its Mother River - the Yangtze. Through photographing the river at equal intervals, a series of vernacular landscapes were portrayed, instead of the iconic landscapes of few, selected sites, such as the Three Gorges. Y25 was photographed on the 5th June, 2013, at Xialiu Village in Lijiang, Yunnan Province, China. One month later the village was submerged forever by Ludila Hydroelectric Dam on the Yangtze River, making this image a historical record of this ancient village. The project has been shown at over fifteen international exhibitions and was published in 2018 by Hatje Cantz (ISBN: 978-3-7757-4447-8). The entire set of 63 images from the project has been collected by Wuhan Art Museum.
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Hometown: Beijing, China
Lives and Works: West Yorkshire, UK
Dr. Yan Wang Preston is a British-Chinese artist interested in the contested conditions of nature in contemporary societies. Her major projects include: ‘Mother River’ (2010-2014), for which she photographed the entire 6,211-km Yangtze River in China at precise 100-km intervals on a large-format film camera; ‘Forest' (2010-2017), for which she investigated the politics of reforestation and ecology recovery in new Chinese cities.
Preston’s work has won major international awards such as the 1st Prize in Professional Landscape category, Sony World Photography Awards (2019); Hundred Heroines, the Royal Photographic Society (2018); the 1st Prize, Syngenta Photography Award (2017); and Shiseido Photographer Prize at the Three Shadows Photography Annual Award in Beijing, China (2016).
Solo exhibitions of Preston’s work has been presented at venues such as the 56th Venice Biennale, Chongqing China Three Gorges Museum, Wuhan Art Museum, Gallery of Photography Ireland, Impressions Gallery in Bradford, UK, and Xposure International Photography Festival in Sharjah, UAE. Important group shows include Dubai Photo, Syngenta Photography Award exhibition at the Somerset House, London and Pier to Pier in Liverpool and Shanghai.
Preston’s monographs ‘Forest’ and ‘Mother River’ were both published by Hatje Cantz in 2018. Her work is collected by institutions such as Wuhan Art Museum in China, Syngenta, Swatch, as well as private collectors worldwide.
Preston was originally trained in Clinical Medicine in China. She was awarded a PhD in Photography from the University of Plymouth in 2018. Besides of her artistic practice, she also lectures at the University of Huddersfield, UK.
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