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Chen Man

Published 11 September 2013

Chen Man, Young Pioneer of Three Gorges Dam, 2009, photograph © Chen Man

Photographs from one of China's leading female fashion and fine art photographers on the 50th Anniversary of East Asian Studies at the University of Leeds.

16th October - 15th December 2013

This exhibition is specially showcased to form part of the celebrations for the 50th anniversary of East Asian Studies at the University of Leeds and is a touring exhibition organised in conjunction with the Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art, Manchester.

Chen Man is one of the most well-known female Chinese photographers of the 21st century. Best known for her work as a fashion photographer, Chen Man has shot covers for various eminent magazines, including Vogue China, Harper's Bazaar, i-D and Wallpaper, as well as headlining advertising campaigns for luxury brands such as Chanel, MAC, Dior and Shiseido.

Chen Man's images juxtapose old and new, real and imaginary, ordinary and ideal; mixing modern cityscapes and historical buildings with street culture, animation, sci-fi and pop references. Her images are often
heavily manipulated and involve painstaking and complex layers of post-production.

This exhibition will include pieces from Chen Man's 2008, Young Pioneers Series; a body of work which offers a photographical reflection on the accomplishments of modern China and a simultaneous comment on its rapid rate of development: A phenomenon which parallels Chen Man's own rise to fame. The power and poignancy of this work lies in her ability to understand people's desires and to visualise them through her striking images. Occupying a space between art and commerce, her images capture the personalities and attitudes of a new generation of Chinese.

This touring exhibition will be Chen Man's first solo show within the UK.


Associated events

Chen Man, Young Pioneer of Three Gorges Dam, 2009, photograph © Chen Man
Chen Man: Opening Reception
Tuesday 15 October 2013 18:00 - 20:00
The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery
Chen Man, Young Pioneer of Three Gorges Dam, 2009, photograph © Chen Man
Write Me a Picture: Creative Writing Workshop
Saturday 19 October 2013 13:30 - 16:00
The Stanley and Audrey Burton Gallery
Suzie Evans, Lotus Flower, 2013 © Suzie Evans
Thrilling Quilling
Saturday 26 October 2013 14:00 - 16:00
The Stanley and Audrey Burton Gallery
Detail from 'Double Mickey 2' by Chen Man, 2006 © Chen Man
Fantastic Hats!
Saturday 9 November 2013 14:00 - 16:00
The Stanley and Audrey Burton Gallery
CMB workshop cups Image Copyright The Stanley and Audrey Burton Gallery
Ceramics Workshop with Mark Burn Cassell
Saturday 16 November 2013 13:30 - 16:00
The Stanley and Audrey Burton Gallery
Chinese Calligraphy. Image Copyright bingguo pang by Jason P.
The Delicate Art of Chinese Calligraphy
Saturday 23 November 2013 14:00 - 16:00
The Stanley and Audrey Burton Gallery
'Rolleicord II (Tropical)’ by John Nuttall. © The Artist
Beyond Snapping! A photography workshop with Exposure Leeds
Saturday 14 December 2013 11am - 1pm
The Stanley and Audrey Burton Gallery
Detail from Four Seasons, 2011, print, © Chen Man
Portraits after Chen Man. Exploring Portrait Photography with Exposure Leeds
Saturday 14 December 2013 14:00 - 16:00
The Stanley and Audrey Burton Gallery