The Yellow River (3rd edition)
“Carrying out this photograph project was inspired by reading the novel River of the North by Zhang Chengzhi. Attracted by the powerful words in this novel, I decided to take a walk along the Yellow River to experience and feel the father-like broad and wide brought from this river, so that I could find the root of my soul, while along the way, the river in my mind was inundated by the stream of reality. The river, which once was full of legends, had disappeared. That is my profound pessimism. Nevertheless, as a vast country with a long history, its future is always bright. There is a descent in the matrix; there is her own nutrition to feed her babies; there is the power of creation to cultivate them strongly. The weak sound of moaning finally will be drowned out by a shout for joy. From this point of view, it seems optimistic.”
— Zhang Kechun
About Zhang Kechun
Zhang Kechun was born in 1980 in Sichuan province, China. He won the National Geographic Picks Global Prize in 2008, was nominated by Three Shadow Photo Award in 2012, nominated by Sony World Photography Awards in 2012 and 2013, nominated by the Prix HSBC Pour la Photographie 2014. He won Arles Discovery Award 2014.
Jiazazhi, founded in Beijing in 2009 and moved to Ningbo in 2014, is an art book institution focusing on images as a creative medium, dedicated to the presentation of image works on paper. Its practices include magazines, art books, bookstore, library, exhibitions, book fairs. In 2021, Jiazazhi created Space Special edition Project (SeP). This space is fully supported by Jiazazhi and operated by an independent team. With a special perspective and action, and together with young curators and artists who are active in the contemporary art, SeP aims to express a special voice through exhibitions and other ways.