by Genda Magazine
Genda is a magazine intersecting Western and Eastern culture through photography. Two sets of editorial staff – one in Italy and one in China – first identify a common theme which is then elaborated through the misunderstandings and complicities at the base of every concrete exchange.
Genda is a container of accidental, compressed, distant yet dangerously similar material. Genda is an independent and interdisciplinary object. It proves the presence of things and the existence of occurrences, it’s about experience. Every edition of Genda contains proofs, manifestations of the impact of the world on the authors. Genda has a title, it seeks out the conditions for triggering new questions. Its contents are apparitions; their original order is recomposed in the pages where an incidental and unexpected factor – of which the authors are aware – exists.
Focusing notably on portraits and independent music band concert owing to his involvement in Shanghai’s nightlife, Tang Ting demonstrates a great attention to people, their dynamism, their excitement. Slow Dreams appears to be the exact contrary. Here what prevail is the slowness and the quasi-absence of the human figure.
Fan Shi San
The Great Wall
These photos were taken during a 4,000-mile cycling trip along the Great Wall of China, from west to east. The journey is a visual search of China’s essential roots through deserts and towns, symbols and villages which are slowly dying as the reborn country’s industrialization and urbanization progresses. Millions of faceless men migrate from north to south, from interior to coast, seeking a better life, leaving behind their native land, their children and elders, and in the meantime, the Great Wall crumbles a little more every day.
Pixy Yijun Liao
“I started to experiment with this relationship. I would set up all kinds of situations for Moro and I to perform in the photos. My photos explore the alternative possibilities of heterosexual relationships. They question the norm of heterosexual relationships. What will happen if man & woman exchange their roles of sex & roles of power. Because my boyfriend is Japanese, and I am Chinese, this project also describes a love and hate relationship.”
Robert Zhao Renhui
The Institute of Critical Zoologists, founded by Robert Zhao Renhui, has a wide variety of projects involving scientists, zoologists, conservationists, artists and various organizations. All of the projects aim to improve the practice of zoology and add conceptual advances to our knowledge and understanding of zoological studies.
Basically, Ni Weihua packs the billboard and the hurried passers-by into single images, patiently electing the people appearing in each photograph.
Yuan Xiaopeng spends time photographing street scenes of Shanghai. Captured like portraits, the images gather a sense of the city’s multiple identities, channelled through the photographer’s keen eye for chance encounters with light and composition.
Liu Tao (Grinch)
“I take photos in Hefei, Anhui, China. Street Photography is a very important part of my life.”
Mountains and rivers are very significant for the Chinese people. In this country, there is a cultural awareness that says mountains are “virtuous” and rivers are “moral”. “I was inspired to carry out this project after reading the novel Rivers of the North by Zhang Chengzhi. Attracted by the powerful words of the novel, I decided to take a walk along the Yellow River in order to find the root of my soul. My work explores the landscapes of China, capturing the ecology of its magnificent natural phenomena. The tiny human figures, insignificant when set against the vast natural forms, are inspired by Chinese artistic tradition. My aim is to create a modern point of contact for our contemporary and sociologically concerned eye.”