The Shiseido Gallery is pleased to announce that from July 2nd (Sat) to August 14th (Sun), 2011 it will host a photography exhibition by the Beijing-based photographer team RongRong & inri.
RongRong & inri are a husband-and-wife photographer team, natives of China and Japan, respectively. Their work, in which the photographers themselves often appear, takes up themes like social realities in China, their own experiences living in that society, and the relationships between people and the beauties of nature. Series like In Fujisan, We were here, Liulitun, Three Shadows and Caochangdi have won critical acclaim in the West.
At this exhibition, featured photo series include: Liulitun, which explores the redevelopment of the Beijing Siheyuan (traditional Chinese courtyard house) where RongRong & inri used to live; Three Shadows, which chronicles their establishment of the Three Shadows Photography Art Centre after their move to the Beijing suburb of Caochangdi; and Caochangdi, which shows the two photographers building their family and lives there. The couple have used their encounters in photography to understand one another, to overcome barriers of nationality and language, to live together, marry, and build a family with their three children, and to establish their Centre, and throughout all of these changes their photographic work has changed as well. In the Liulitun series there is a deep sadness at the departure of a previously familiar habitat, but the Three Shadows series that captures the process of founding the Centre, and the Caochangdi series, with its portraits of children, offer a sense of hope for the future, and a sense of peace, confidence, and mutual trust.
[Image: RongRong & inri "Three Shadows" (2006) No.20-3]