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Sunflower: Reverberations of Self

Artist: Hu Yang 胡杨

Curator: Yuluo Anita Wei

Time: May 4 – 19, 2024

Reception: May 4, Saturday, 2 – 5 pm

Location: San Sheng Art Space (Unit 1, 333 Denison St, Markham)

Admission: Free

About the EXhibition

Sunflower Series. 2023-2024, chromogenic print

The exhibition invites audiences to embark on a voyage of self-exploration. Moving beyond his signature documentary style, Yang now turns the lens inward to explore memories and emotions with great depth.

Each frame of sunflowers depicts an animated dialogue between past and present, individuality and collectivism — symbolizing an attempt at self-realization through introspection and contemplative processes. It is an immersive tale of self-discovery about education and personal history through universal themes that resonates deeply among minorities and immigrants dealing with complicated cultural terrain.

We invite you to visit the artist’s garden.

The exhibition is in part of CONTACT Festival 2024, and generously supported by the Ontario Arts Council.

About the artist 

Hu Yang, a distinguished photographer born in Shanghai and now residing in Newmarket, Ontario, has an illustrious career marked by significant projects including the "Shanghai Trilogy,"(《上海影像三部曲》) with "Shanghai Living" (《上海人家》) alone selling over 250,000 copies. Known for his documentary photography capturing the essence of life in Shanghai and the diaspora, his works have graced esteemed venues such as the ICP Triennial of Photography and Video in New York, and the V&A Museum in London.

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