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Feng Fangyu, photography through the mirror of dreams

Feng Fangyu, photography through the mirror of dreams
Isabel del Rio

Feng Fangyu, photography through the mirror of dreams.

Feng Fangyu’s next exhibition: “Confused”

Feng Fangyu, A Wonderland on Fanghu Island. Courtesy Magda Danysz Gallery

Feng Fangyu, A Wonderland on Fanghu Island. Courtesy Magda Danysz Gallery

Oneiric… Can dreams be real? Don’t we have strong feelings and sensations when we sleep? How can we recover the past? Feng Fangyu, an artist from the remote China, is reviving ancient events in his magic photos. Fen Fangyu is translating into black and white current legends of those dramatic happenings of 1860, time of wars, time of great challenges, time of opium and possessed gold.

Occident has always been fascinated by China. Do you remember “Il Milione” by Marco Polo? How wonderful it must have been Kublai Klan’s Court! So full of colors and life, of celebrations and fireworks… China, an enigma for us.

Feng Fangyu: Big Fountain. Courtesy Magda Danysz Gallery

Feng Fangyu: Big Fountain. Courtesy Magda Danysz Gallery

Precisely, French contemporary painting searched in that distant land a new source of inspiration. Once again, Impressionists turned its eyes back to China and to its quest for perfection in simplicity. Good times? Unfortunately, not everyone has made art its objective in life. While Monet or Zola were enthusiastic about Hokusai’s prints, French and British armies destroyed The Summer Palace, Chinese holly imperial residence, built on the principles of Feng Shui, built to be eternal.

Broken stones and frozen memories, sweet mists and anthropomorphic beings, litany of the collective unconscious expecting a sensitive soul who understands.

Feng Fangyu: Just and Honorable. Courtesy Magda Danysz Gallery

Feng Fangyu: Just and Honorable. Courtesy Magda Danysz Gallery

Feng Fangyu, an artist from the near China, has always seen through mirrors. Kun Opera and traditional garden design were his topics from the beginning (he won his first international award in June 2008 at Austria’s Trienrenberg Super Circuit Show after less than two years as a fine art photographer).

Now, in Paris, at Galerie Magda Danysz, from 15 to 18 November 2012, he will show a series of photographs based on that mythic Summer Palace destroyed by greed. He focuses specially on the twelve anthropomorphic beings from its ancient fountain of zodiac… Time ago, full of colors and celebrations, today living in artist’s dreams, waiting for another chance.

Feng Fangyu, Wine-shopin Apricot Flower Village. Courtesy Magda Danysz Gallery

Feng Fangyu, Wine-shopin Apricot Flower Village. Courtesy Magda Danysz Gallery

Feng Fangyu’s technique is incredible, black and white tones bright in a colorful atmosphere hidden in his magic camera, in his deep emotions, in his ability to combine the past and present.

France-China, Occident-Orient, Imperial Palaces and current Gothic Symbolic tendencies… Feng Fangyu has created a new world from this recurrence that life usually is.

Congratulations!

Bio:

Feng Fangyu belongs to ayounger generation of Chinese photographers who explore the contrasts between tradition and modernity in their country.

Feng Fangyu, Living in Cloud under the Moon. Courtesy Magda Danysz Gallery

Feng Fangyu, Living in Cloud under the Moon. Courtesy Magda Danysz Gallery

He was born in Jiangnan (China), a region that lies just south of Yangtze Delta. In his series ‘May Rain’, the artist celebrates two of the region’s most cherished forms of cultural heritage—Kun Opera and traditional garden design. ‘May Rain’ is Feng Fangyu’s love letter to the dying arts of his childhood home. His most recent series ‘Confused’ will be presented by Gallery Magda Danysz in Paris. In this series, he returns to the traces of the ancient imperial residence, one of the most sacred places in the Chinese tradition, The Summer Palace (Yuan Mingyuan). The Palace and its magnificent grounds were destroyed in 1860 by the British and French armies during the Second Opium War and they are a strong symbol of foreign aggression.

**Photographies, 70x150cm,  Edition of 10, Inkjet Print on Fine Art Paper,

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Isabel del Rio

Managing Editor at Yareah® Magazine. Author of ‘Ariza’ (2008) and ‘The Girls of Oil’ (2010)

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