Hong Kongâ€™s BlindSpot Gallery is hosting â€śNew Framework: Chinese Avant-Garde Photography 1980s-90s,â€ť a collection of images from a crucial period of contemporary art in China. From the 1940s through the 1970s, photos were limited to official use or private family portraits, it was only in the â€™80s that the medium was open to experimentation by the public. Named â€śNew Frameworkâ€ť to reflect how Chinese photography evolved itself outside of established institutions or the academic world, the exhibit also gives a glimpse at China was being viewed by some of its citizens during this turbulent time.
Curated by RongRong, a Chinese photographer who produced a number of experimental photos in the â€™90s, â€śNew Frameworkâ€ť features the works of 12 artists, including Ai Weiwei and Hong Lei, from a period where photography was influenced by the New Wave art movement and incoming Western ideals. During these years, photography in China went through three stages: New Documentary, conceptual, and experimental; the exhibit features examples from each stage that also span different topics, styles, and media. The exhibit is on display at both the Blindspot Gallery and runs until June 22.