November, 2011The distance between Texas and China just got shorter.
At the invitation of the China Photographers Association, Texas photographers Peter Brown, Al Rendon, Ricardo Romo, Joel Salcido and Ansen Seale are in Lishui City, in the Zhezhiang Province of China, November 2-10 to display their photographs in an exhibit titled “Infinite Horizon: Visions of Texas.” The exhibit, on display at the 14th Annual China International Photographic Art Exhibition, will give the Chinese a unique, and for some never-before-seen, view of Texas.
Curator Arturo Almeida, UTSA art specialist, and co-curator Rex Hausmann, will travel with the group to prepare for the China Exhibition.
“The five photographers featured in this exhibit have an eye for south Texas,” said Almeida. “With patience and understanding, they have been able to capture small town Texas in their lenses like nobody else. Their photos are poetic, and they will offer unique insight to all who see them on display.” Following the exhibit, the five photographers will travel to Wenzhou and Beijing, China. There, they will don their cameras for two days, taking images of China.
Donald Lien, director of UTSA’s Confucius Institute, which seeks to bridge Texan and Asian cultures, was instrumental in connecting the photographers to their Chinese counterparts. In 2010, Lien took a trip to China, carrying with him photos taken by UTSA President Ricardo Romo. The photos, which were published in an earlier issue of Popular Photographer, China’s premier photography magazine, led to the invitation for next month’s show.
“Many Chinese are familiar with American customs and the American way of life, but the Texas culture is foreign to them,” said Lien. “This exhibit and cultural exchange connect the two communities, bringing each culture to the heart of the other.”
The artists’ trip to China is sponsored by the UTSA Confucius Institute and the China Photographers Association. As a demonstration of gratitude for their invitation to China, the UTSA Confucius Institute will host an exhibit in the future in San Antonio using the photographs taken by the Texas photographers in China.
UTSA established its Confucius Institute in collaboration with Hanban (Confucius Institute Headquarters in China) in 2010 to promote Chinese language learning and to generate an appreciation for and understanding of Chinese culture, history and society among the people of San Antonio and south Texas.
Established in December 1956, the China Photographers Association is the first national photographic organization in the history of People's Republic of China. Presently, the Association is comprised of 32 member associations in different provinces, cities and autonomous regions, 11 professional photography groups and more than 12,000 individual members. It is the most influential and authoritative photographic organization in China.
The International Photo Festival, held every other year, is one of China’s largest and most prestigious photography shows. To learn more about “Infinite Horizon: Visions of Texas,” contact Arturo Almeida, UTSA art specialist, at 210-458-4983.
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