New photography exhibition asks ‘Who are the Chinese?’
(19 June 2012)
The Chinese people now account for almost one in five of the world’s population. Who are these people? What do they look like? How do they live? How much of what we think we know about China is based on hearsay, myths or propaganda from a bygone age? Opening this weekend at Durham University’s Oriental Museum, James Sebright's exhibition One in Five: Photographs from China captures contemporary Chinese culture in photographs.
During 2009 and 2010 the British photographer James Sebright travelled through China, photographing the people he met and recording their lives and their landscapes.
Museum Curator Dr Craig Barclay said: “The growing importance of the People’s Republic of China on the global stage is undeniable yet how much do those of us living in the West really understand about Chinese culture and the Chinese people? James’ work brilliantly captures the complexity and some of the contradictions to be found when you try to answer the question, ‘Who are the Chinese?’ ”
One in Five: Photographs from China opens to the public on Friday, 22nd June, and runs until Sunday, 16th September, 2012. For more details visit www.durham.ac.uk/oriental.museum or phone 0191 334 5694.
The Oriental Museum is open from 10am to 5pm Monday to Friday and noon to 5pm at weekends and on bank holidays. Entry to the museum is £1.50 for adults, 75p for children (five-16) and Over 60s, and free for children under five and students.