Era Without Memories

An Era Without Memories

Chinese Contemporary Photography on Urban Transformation

  1. Jiang Jiehong
  • ISBN 9780500544433
  • 24.00 x 21.50 cm
  • PLC (no jacket)
  • 192pp
  • 132 Illustrations, 115 in colour
  • First published 2015

An exceptional collection of photographs by contemporary Chinese artists responding to the urbanization of their country

This brave and beautiful compendium of reflections on urban transformation is a must-have for photography aficionados and anyone with an interest in China or contemporary culture.

‘… a must-have collection for photography aficionados and anyone with an interest in Chinese culture’ – Outdoor Photography
‘… scenes of urban transformation, captured over the course of the last few decades, from breathtaking architecture to affecting portraiture’– hungertv.com
‘A haunting book’– Independent
‘Outstanding … a series of fantastical images’– Glass Magazine

Era Without Memories

Through the work of some of the country’s most talented art photographers, this book explores the unprecedented urbanization of China, offering up histories now being destroyed and futures now being invented.

Each chapter features incisive explanatory text by Jiang Jiehong. The photographers showcase their responses to urbanization using a wide variety of approaches, whether Miao Xiaochun’s photograph of a vast glass building rising like a UFO behind a traditional old neighbourhood; Wang Jinsong’s collages of the Chinese character scrawled on buildings to mark them out as condemned; Zhang Peili’s records of pastiche Western architecture; Xu Zhengqin’s street hoardings showing dream residential and commercial developments; or Wang Chuan’s poetic images of abandoned, half-finished modern buildings.

Jiang Jiehong is Professor of Chinese Art at Birmingham City University, and an international curator. His recent projects include the Fourth Guangzhou Triennial of 2012 and the Asia Triennial Manchester in 2014.
Stephan Feuchtwang is Emeritus Professor of Anthropology at the London School of Economics.