Misunderstanding and Complicity

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.

Tang Ting
Slow Dreams 
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
Experimental Relationship
“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.

Ni Weihua
Landscape Wall
Basically, Ni Weihua packs the billboard and the hurried passers-by into single images, patiently electing the people appearing in each photograph. 

Xiaopeng Yuan
Untitled
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.”

Zhang Kechun 
Yellow River
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.”

www.gendamagazine.com

Other Stories from

China

Other Stories from

travel culture

Marseilles

The man smoking while Henry gets ready for his dive looks just like me. It’s not me, but as I...

What Happens to the Roots

Stefano Boeri, love him or loathe him, you definitely can’t ignore him: his face is without doubt at the centre...

William Kentridge Waiting For The Sibyl, 2020

Inspired by the movement and by the rotation of Calder’s artworks, Kentridge evokes the priestess mentioned by Dante: the Cumean...

Multi-Family Architecture

A residential building that does not include only one or two homes is a “multi-family” dwelling. What I’m referring to...

Duality

This is the first major museum exhibition that you’ve made that doesn’t start with a performance. There will be a...

Maze A map to lose yourself in

Maps are not just a symbolic representation of a portion of flat space. Maps indicate, describe, allude to a path....

Journey of a Father

“We laymen have always been intensely curious to know”Sigmund Freud Maybe everything, I mean absolutely everything if you know how...

When Danger Approaches Sing to It

Amy Hempel is 69 years old and has recently discovered the beauty of tattoos. On one leg she has inscribed...

Nothing Happens Twice

The landscape that surrounds my home in Sweden can be misleading. The bird activity it contains is diluted by the...

Coming up for Air

Hold your breath and put your fingers in your ears to mute the chaos of the modern world. Information often...

Let the Goods Speak

On 20 June 2018, the issue of the British newspaper e Guardian contained some pages which, from a distance, looked...

On The Road Again

Compared to painting, photography has an obvious flaw: in order to depict a subject, it has to be in front...

Maps are a Battlefield

I’m in my hotel room in Nairobi. It’s late morning, and a few hours ago the animals that populate the...

Dream Maps

“Then there are dream maps…,” began the Cartographer as we sailed by the long, white beach of an island off...

Man is a Traveller with No Compass

Jacopo Ottaviani: So, tomorrow you’re off to Afghanistan, and in two weeks I’m going to Odessa. Three months ago I...