“ENDLESSLY ENVELOPED BY DUSK, SUNSET AND MIRAGE”: HAI BO’S PHOTOGRAPHY
HAI, Bo. Hai Bo. (New York: Max Protetch Gallery, 2006). Oblong quarto, original photographic paper boards. $150.
First edition, featuring 19 pages of photogravures by Hai Bo of changing China.
One of China’s new generation of photographers, “Hai Bo intends to demonstrate a ‘historical’ ‘change’ through ‘the unchanged.’ [His work] is filled with personal Utopian behavior and imagination. The ‘history’ that Hai Bo depicts is not a cultural history, but a personal history” (Foreword). Central to Hai Bo’s vision is an examination of change. He frequently pairs photographs of the old with the new, highlighting transformation, generally centered on the dramatic changes China has experienced during the past 40 years. Hai Bo’s work has been exhibited in China, Singapore, and the U.S., and was selected for the Venice Biennale. Text in English and Chinese.