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Shehuo: Zhang Xiao’s Photography of Rural China

May 11, 2023 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm


May 11, 2023
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology
(617) 496-1027


Special Event: Exhibition Preview and Conversation

Free and Open to the Public | Advance registration required

Zhang Xiao, 2018 Robert Gardner Fellow in Photography, Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology, Harvard University

In conversation with Ou Ning, Artist, Curator, Writer

Contemporary photographer Zhang Xiao explores the impact of rapid economic change and urbanization on Chinese rural landscapes and traditions. In this conversation with artist and scholar Ou Ning, Zhang will share his aesthetic approach to documenting Shehuo (社火, Community Fire), a cultural festival held in Northern China that commemorates the Chinese Lunar New Year. From 2007 to 2019, Zhang photographed the dynamic performances and parades that are part of Shehuo, capturing their beauty and intricacy, while also noting how China’s economic and technological growth has influenced this ancient celebration. The images will be featured in the exhibition Shehuo: Community Fire 社火 opening Saturday, May 13 at the Peabody Museum.

Learn more about the exhibition in this photo essay.

Presented in Mandarin with English translation.

A reception and exhibition preview will follow in the galleries of the Peabody Museum. Free parking at the 52 Oxford Street Garage.

Presented by the Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology and Harvard Museums of Science & Culture in collaboration with the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, Harvard University

This event is part of ArtsThursdays, a university-wide initiative supported by Harvard University Committee on the Arts (HUCA).