There is still time to see Yan Wang Preston’s exhibit showcasing three series from her work produced in the last decade.
Presented by Belfast Exposed, this current Street View showcases the artist’s earlier performance work, Hé – River Together, her acclaimed project Mother River, and her award-winning work Forest.
The British-Chinese artist has a particular interest in the politics of landscape representation and its association with national identities, nature, and the environment. In her work, she integrates photography, land and performance art.
Yan Wang Prestons current exhibit explores landscape photography, identity and the environment through epic journeys across both time and space. It examines the politics of landscape representation and its association with national identities, nature, and the environment.
Hé – River Together
In Hé – River Together, her performance work, the artist touched and swam in the Yangtze River, the longest river in Asia. Yan used red rock pigment and her own two hands to paint on the frozen river surface in search of a physical connection to her motherland. In the same project, she laid 127 Yangtze river stones to create a circle on the frozen river, then replicated the same ring in downtown Chongqing.
The acclaimed photography project is a collection of 63 photographs taken along the entire length of the Yangtze River. Each picture was taken at precisely 100km intervals on a large format plate camera.
This method of dividing the river allowed her to avoid the most picturesque settings and built structures along the river that most photographers would capture, instead taking her on a journey to unseen locations and vernacular landscapes.
Yan Wang Preston’s award-winning work Forest traces the journey of transplanted old trees in China while investigating the complexity of urban nature.
The eight-year project investigates how forests are recreated in Chinese cities, how they incorporate these matured, non-indigenous plants into the urban settings. In this collection, Yan documented the changes, the drama and the lives of the cities. At the same time, her investigation raised a question about the “complexity of urban reforestation and nature re-construction in the contemporary era.”
Belfast Exposed’s Street View provides the perfect way to explore photography outside the confines of the gallery.
The digital window display allows for an accessible multimedia exhibition with audio narratives for audiences on the streets of Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter.