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La Maison De Z

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La Maison De Z is an ongoing project focusing on Chinese contemporary photography and independent publications. Using publishing as a way of researching the intricate relationship between realities and memories, La Maison De Z was founded by French-Chinese artist Zhen Shi in 2015. The first book was published in 2018 and the project allows a growing audience the discovery of the most recent works of emerging Chinese artists. 

For inquiries contact Zhen Shi, zhen@lamaisondez.com

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Even Us, Even Me

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Sun Yanchu was born in 1978 in Zhou Kou, Henan Province, and currently lives and works in Zhengzhou. Yanchu has recently shown at Musée de l'Élysée (Lausanne), M97 Gallery (Shanghai), Star Gallery (Beijing), Art Basel Hong Kong and Three Shadows Art Centre (Beijing). Yanchu was also nominated for Jimei Arles Discovery Award in 2017, the prize winner of Gucang Dummy Award (Martin Parr Edition) in 2015, the prize winner of Lianzhou New Photography Award in 2011 and carried the MIO Photo Jurors Award of Morimura Yasumasa in 2010.

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Born in Beijing, Wang Juyan is an image artist currently based in London. Wang earned his BA in London College of Communication and has exhibited widely between China and Europe, including Foam Museum (Amsterdam), Beaconsfield Gallery (London), Base Milano (Milan), Singapore International Photography Festival (Singapore) and was nominated for the Foam Talent award in 2017. The unique visual language of Wang’s work heightens the ambiguities and the historical sublime in his large-scale landscape.

Tragédie, Coïncidence et La Double Vie de L.L.D.M

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Zhen Shi was born in 1989, in Shandong, China. The artist employs various media and a process that combines a variety of media. Through her artificial manipulation on individuals' lived experiences by using literature, archival material, theatre and film as her sources, Shi's practice attempts to explore the complex relationship between reality and memory. Shi's practice also seeks to develop a discourse on how time exists and disappears in a soundless way from its historical context and continues to adapt to changing existence.

The artist has had work recently shown at OCAT Institute (Beijing), Lianzhou Foto Festival (Lianzhou), national museum OCAT (Shanghai/Shenzhen), Three Shadows Photography Art Centre (Beijing), Fisheye Gallery (Arles), Festival La Gacilly (France) and Festival Circulation(s) (Paris). Zhen Shi was also the prize winner of Emerging Gallery in Festival Photo La Gacilly (2017), nominated for Huayu Youth Award (2019) and for Foam Paul Huf Award (2019).

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The Bliss of Conformity

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Yingguang Guo began her photographic career with Reuters, China Daily, and other media groups after graduating from Communication University of China. Later Guo earned her Master in London College of Communication. Her creations revolve around social problems in contemporary China: women on the shelf, arranged marriages, and the pseudo-intimacy between husbands and wives who are the victims of such marriages. 

The Bliss of Conformity was nominated for the Discovery Award of the Jimei x Arles International Photo Festival in 2017 and thereafter was the winner of the Madame Figaro Women Photographers Award.

1974

Li Lang’s work 1974 consists of 390 slides playing in a loop, accompanied by the artist’s voiceover of four stories extracted from his memory of 1974, a summary of the important events of that year, and vignettes of the voiceover on the site. 

As an artist who mainly works with photographic images, Li Lang has inserted his observations of history and images in between reality and fiction. The slides in 1974 come from vintage photographs that he collected over the years from different sources, including studio portraits, travel photos, snapshots of work and everyday life scenes. After putting them into different categories, Li hand labeled them with dates based on a fictional timeline. 

Li's work reconstructs images and texts so they are no longer just traces of the past. They also explore the dialogue between reality and imagination. Li never asks the audience to accept his narrative of history, instead, he invites us to join him as an explorer of the past.
 
Publisher: La Maison De Z
Artist(s): Li Lang
Contributor(s): Designed by Zhen Shi and Yinhe Cheng
Publication Date: 2020
Binding: Swiss binding, hardcover with silver and gold hot press
Dimensions: 10 x 15 x 7 cm
Pages: 760
ISBN: 978-2-9564071-5-7
Price: €49
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About Author(s)

Li Lang was born in 1969 and is a visual artist who currently lives and works in Chengdu, China. Beginning his photographic career in the 1990s, Li was awarded the Special Jury Prize by Lianzhou Foto Festival in 2015 with Father and the Mother and won the Medal of Excellence in 1999 with The Yi People. His work has been widely exhibited in China and abroad. His work is collected by the Art Gallery of Ontario in Canada, A4 Art Museum, Guangdong Museum of Art and Shanghai Art Museum in China, Instituto Valenciano de Arte Moderno in Spain and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

Li has often experimented with a deliberately subjective approach in his documentary, as it highlights the photographer’s perspective of the subject or the visual language at play.