Artwork: Lingering Garden No.369|112°36′E 22°22′N, 2020
Artist: Guo Guozhu
Media: Fine art printing
Price: USD 4,800 | RMB 30,000
Lingering Garden captures the villages abandoned by farmers in the process of urbanization, which will be devoured by nature and digress back to a primitive state as time goes by. During rapid urbanization, the number of cities increases at the expense of the disappearing villages.
In recent years, China has concentrated its resources towards cities. This country, which once flourished in agriculture, is currently undergoing rapid urbanization. Millions of migrant workers flood into cities, forcing both rural and urban societies to experience unprecedented transformations. As newcomers to the city, the migrant workers find that personal ties and the geographical relationship collapses, and they urgently need to adjust and adapt to the new environment, which will redefine their identity. “Witnessing this process of urbanization, I have been following these transformations through my photographic works. In sharp contrast to the cities, the images in Lingering Garden series recorded the landscape of the abandoned villages, exploring the marginality of the countryside, be it evident or invisible. Through a lens that is so sharply opposite to the urban experience and consumerism, these works reflect the tension between Modernity and tradition.”
About the Artist
Guo Guozhu, born in 1982, Yongchun, Fujian, graduated from the Department of Mechanics of Nanchang Hangkong University. He now lives and works in Xiamen. Since 2002, he started to use his work talking about “space” and social relationships. During his process, space is Guo’s most important medium and object.When he tries to describe or use a space, questioning about it, always begins from an individual spirit and ends up with the social phenomenon.
His work was exhibited in many places and musuems, such as: Pingyao International Photography Festival 2009, Pingyao, China; China-Holland Contemporary Arts Exhibition 2010, Xiamen, China; The Second & The Third Beijing Photo Biennial 2015, CAFA Museum, Beijing, China; Jimei × Arles International Photo Festival 2015, Xiamen, China; Photography New Academy Exhibition of China Academy of Art 2015, CAA Art Museums, Hangzhou, China, and so on. He was selected as one of the TOP20 China Cutting-edge Contemporary Photographer, 2015. He was listed in The Three Shadows Photo Award & New Talent Award, 2016.He was nominated in 7th Prix Pictet photography prize & 2016 Shpilman International Prize for Excellence in Photography.
About the Gallery
Matthew Liu Fine Arts has been focusing its program on contemporary artists whose works exhibit profound understanding and fusion of the essence of the classic philosophy and aesthetics in Asian visual culture and theories, methods and media in Modern and contemporary Western art. It has been actively working with, advising and assisting museums, curators, private collectors and institutions in the art world and beyond.