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Shehuo: Zhang Xiao’s Photography of Rural China

May 11, 2023 @ 6:00 pm 8:30 pm

Speaker: Zhang Xiao, 2018 Robert Gardner Fellow in Photography, Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology, Harvard University

In conversation with: Ou Ning, Artist, Curator, Writer

Contemporary photographer Zhang Xiao explores the impact of rapid economic change and urbanization on Chinese rural landscapes and traditions. In this conversation with artist and scholar Ou Ning, Zhang will share his aesthetic approach to documenting Shehuo (社火, “community fire”), a cultural festival held in Northern China that commemorates the Chinese Lunar New Year. From 2007 to 2019, Zhang photographed the dynamic performances and parades that are part of Shehuo, capturing their beauty and intricacy, while also noting how China’s economic and technological growth has influenced this ancient celebration. The images will be featured in the exhibition Shehuo: Community Fire opening Saturday, May 13 at the Peabody Museum.

Presented in Mandarin with English translation.

A reception and exhibition preview will follow in the galleries of the Peabody Museum. Free parking at the 52 Oxford Street Garage.

Presented by the Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology and Harvard Museums of Science & Culture in collaboration with the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, Harvard University

This event is part of ArtsThursdays, a university-wide initiative supported by Harvard University Committee on the Arts (HUCA).


麻省剑桥市牛津街24号,Geological 讲堂 (Geological Lecture Hall)

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与艺术家、策展人和作家欧宁的对谈 in conversation with Ou Ning

当代摄影师张晓在他的作品中探索经济巨变和城市化对中国乡土景观和传统的影响。在他和学者欧宁的对话中,张晓将分享他记录社火(一种庆祝中国农历新年的文化节日)的美学方法。从2007年到2019年,张晓致力于对于社火的动态表演和游行的拍摄,捕捉了它们的美和复杂性,同时也关注中国经济和技术发展对于这个古老庆典的重塑。这些图片的部分节选将在皮博迪博物馆的《社火》 展览中展出,于5月13日星期六开幕


酒会和展览预告将在皮博迪博物馆的展厅内举行。52 Oxford Street停车场提供免费停车服务


该活动是哈佛大学艺术委员会 (HUCA)支持的全校性活动艺术星期四(ArtsThursdays) 的一部分


May 11, 2023
6:00 pm – 8:30 pm


Harvard University Committee on the Arts


Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street

24 Oxford St
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States

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