Retrieved回 – The Art of Looking Back

When 20 Feb 2016 - 14 May 2016
Where Chinese Culture Center
750 Kearny St #3
San Francisco, CA 94108
United States
Enquiry (415) 986-1822

West Coast premiere of 3 artists, a dual-sited exhibition narrative of China in the last century
Co-curated by the Chinese Culture Center and SF Camerawork
Artists: Kurt Tong, Daniel TraubThomas Sauvin

Retrieved回 is a photography exhibition at two sites, a unique collaboration and partnership between the Chinese Culture Center of San Francisco (CCC) and SF Camerawork. The Chinese character in the title“回” (hui) means return, turn around, revolve.  Both exhibition sites will provide complementary narratives of a multitude of stories, as told by 3 artists, capturing personal, human, and living portraits of China in the last century. The exhibition portrays the cosmopolitan and shifting parameters of the Chinese experience as a global trend of cultural expansion and universality, one in which viewers are certain to find glimpses if not revelations of their own lives and histories.

The stories told in this exhibition, while unavoidably steeped in the tumultuous history of China in the last century, remain touchingly and intelligibly humble, personal, prosaic to the point of repetitive, and most of all, entirely human. It is impossible not to recover glimpses of our own lives in these photographs: The shy, embarrassed smiles of twin sisters standing before their parents’ eager camera lens, striking mirrored poses that echo the newly constructed buildings in the background; the proud stance of a businessman, one foot on the curb, the other firmly planted on the ground, ready to make his fortune in a foreign land; the home movie that captures the mood of a bygone era, but whose brevity raises more questions than it answers.

The title of the exhibition, referring to the retrieval process shared by the three constructed archives, describes the intentionally artistic gesture of retrieving found photographs in a context far beyond the simple action of accumulation. Though these projects have been exhibited either internationally or nationally, this will be the first presentation of the work to a San Francisco audience, and as a collective, dynamic panoramic of China in the last century.

Exhibition Dates:

Reception: Friday, February 19, 6-8:00PM

At the CCC Visual Art Center and SF Camerawork

RSVP with or call 415-986-1822

Complimentary shuttle between the two locations provided for the opening. Please check for times.

CCC Visual Art Center, 750 Kearny St. 3rd Floor

February 20 to May 14, 2016 at the CCC Visual Art Center

Tuesday–Saturday, 10 a.m – 4 p.m.; closed Sun. & Mon.

SF Camerawork, 1011 Market Street, 2nd Floor

February 20 to April 16, 2016 at SF Camerawork

Tuesday — Friday, Noon to 6:00 pm; Saturday, Noon to 5:00 PM; and by appointment

Retrieved回 is co-curated by Abby Chen of the Chinese Culture Center and Heather Snider of SF Camerawork. Major funding for the project provided by the WYNG Foundation, with additional support from Andy Warhol Foundation for Visual Arts, San Francisco Foundation, Grant for the Arts.

Photo courtesy of the organiser/s

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