A photography exhibition focusing on children – their growing pains, family ties and social changes over the past 70 years – is currently on display at the Being Art Museum during the summer holidays.
The exhibition, titled “Your Childhood, My Memories,” includes 10 sets or 99 pieces of installations and photographs of established snappers like Cai Yirong, Hu Jieming, Lu Yuanmin, Lei Lei, and Ma Liang.
This display is not just about childhood memories. He says more.
Children are an inevitable motif in contemporary photographic art, causing people to reevaluate parent-child closeness and the impact of social change on a child’s growth.
“All the photographers exhibiting here are of different ages and backgrounds. They captured images of children of different generations with rich artistic techniques and languages,” said Gu Zheng, a professor at Fudan University and curator of the exhibition.
“These works remind us that childhood and childishness are more than a superficial interpretation of innocence or purity.”
Hu Jieming’s black and white photograph “The Son” was taken in 2008 atop an old building on the Bund. Her son, Hu Weiyi, a skinny teenager at the time, sat topless on the edge of the architecture’s tall dome, with his back to the camera and staring at the bustling and chaotic streets of the city under construction. The city’s remarkable skyline is obscured by mist rising from the Huangpu River.
It is a dialogue of contradiction between a frail little boy with a sensitive heart and a vast and vast world with an uncertain future. It also reveals the father’s angle, looking at his son and the boy’s future.
Photographer Lu Yuanmin, who has photographed city streets for four decades, documented how children lived and played in the 1990s.
The children in his photographs have complex facial expressions, not idealized or even romanticized images.
They solemnly wore business suits, stood high on the podium to deliver speeches, or stretched out on deck chairs like elderly grandmothers. The artist’s approach, rather than stereotypes, demonstrates her understanding of children and presents their complexities.
Lu Yuan Min
Date: until September 18 (closed on Mondays), from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Location: Being Art Museum
Address: 135 Hongfeng Road, Pudong New Area