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Chinese artist's exhibition on Yangtze River debuts in Singapore

Updated: 2024-03-25 16:51 ( chinadaily.com.cn )
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Chinese artist Pei Xuehong's solo exhibition titled Changjiang Symbol kicked off at the A•D Gallery in Singapore on March 18, 2024. [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]

Chinese artist Pei Xuehong held his solo exhibition titled Changjiang Symbol at the A•D Gallery in Singapore on March 18, inaugurating its global tour.

The exhibition serves as an artistic presentation of the memory and reflection on the Yangtze River. In May 2004, Pei shot a series of photos just before the Yunyang Ancient Town in Chongqing municipality was submerged. Years later, employing his masterful artistic techniques, Pei meticulously reconstructed these photographs, which are being exhibited this time.

The photos and oil paintings on show profoundly record the everyday lives of the people residing along the banks of the Yangtze River in Sichuan and Chongqing, and portray the human condition amidst the backdrop of the monumental project of constructing the Three Gorges Dam, offering a reflection on the relocation experiences of ordinary individuals.

Through these works, audiences can gain profound insight into Pei Xuehong's artistic pursuits, his compassionate approach to humanity, and the narratives surrounding pivotal moments in China's history, including the reform and opening-up and the monumental Three Gorges project.

One of Pei's works exhibited. [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]

Pei Xuehong, born in Chongqing in 1967, has been engaged in painting and photography for decades. He was honored as an outstanding contemporary Chinese photographer at the 2005 Pingyao International Photography Exhibition.

Over the past 30 years, Pei has seamlessly integrated his artistic endeavors with the lived experience of common people, whose works reflect a deep commitment to capturing the authentic realities and spiritual essence of individuals in the contemporary era.

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