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Book Launch: 'Forest' by Yan Wang Preston

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Launching at Open Eye Gallery: ‘Forest’, a new book by British-Chinese artist Yan Wang Preston. It follows the trail of tree migration and ecology recovery throughout China and claimed 1st place in the Syngenta Photography Award, 2017.

During the book launch, Yan Wang Preston will give a multi-media talk on nature and urbanisation within the socio-political context of the project. She will also discuss her artistic inspirations as well as practical experiences on making the large-format photographs and producing the book.

In 2013, during a long-term photography project along the Yangtze river, Yan Wang Preston (1976) made an incisive observation: in the small village of Xialiu stood an over three-hundred-year-old tree, Frank, in all of its glory, right in the center of a community that was, at the time of Preston’s visit, being coerced into moving so that a dam could be built in the same location. Three months later, and no trace of the village or the tree could be seen. The residents had moved up the mountain. The seventy tonne tree was sold for twenty-five-thousand Euros to a hotel in a nearby county, Binchuan. Preston found the tree, divested of all its branches and leaves and bandaged in plastic, inside the skeleton of the hotel, which was still under construction—like a living sculpture that has yet to become cognisant of its new surroundings. In China, a country where cities are constantly being developed, transplanting and re-constructing nature is big businesses.

Signed copies of ‘Forest’ will be available at a discounted price of £40 during the night.

Image credit: Longan woodland, University City, Chongqing, 2011. From Forest series (2010-2017), ©Yan Wang Preston

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