Today, in tandem with the breadth of economic reform and its investment in materiality, we don’t have to look far to find examples of love’s multitudinous manifestations. The very streets of Shanghai provide daily vignettes of the booming pre-wedding photography industry, evidence of the importance placed upon the social ritual of marriage. But is that love?
“Summer of love” presents Liu Heung Shing’s Love in Spring, Maleonn’s My Mobile Photo Studio, Olivia Martin-McGuire’s China Love, and Coca Dai’s Judy Zhu 2008-2015.
Through all the works that presented in “Summer of love” – from the discreet expression of love during a special era in China captured by Liu Heung Shing; the material aspects of love in the wedding industry captured by Olivia Martin-McGuire; the journeys of loveliness, romance and kindness around 28,000 kilometers to almost 54 cities captured by Maleonn; to Coca Dai’s photographs of Judy Zhu, which represent an intimate narrative on contemporary womanhood, we explore the emotional expression of love, as well as what is love and how can it be expressed photographically. Taking examples of works from four photographers who have, in their individual ways, contributed to an understanding of how love is celebrated in China today, we take a look at love’s most obvious manifestations; courtship and marriage, close ties between friends; and family love.
Additionally, through the winning entries for our open call, we present portraits of “The One I Love” through the gaze of a young generation of aspiring photographers. During the exhibition, we will continue to receive works from the public related to love.
SCoP would like to thank the participating photographers. In particular, Maleonn for granting use of his collection of vintage wedding photos. Thanks also to our guest curator Holly Roussell, representing Asia Photography Project, for her work with Coca Dai, an exhibition originally commissioned for the Jimei x Arles Discovery Award. Finally, we thank the participants of “The One I Love” open call for sharing with us their stories of love.
SCoP would like to thank Dior for supporting us and VANKE for enthusiastically supporting the development of our public education. Thanks also to the full support from our partners – West Bund Group, Shanghai Daily and Photography is Art; and to Hahnemühle’s technical help. SCoP is delighted and honored to participate in “1+16 Art Museum Public Sharing Program.”