Il dragone d'acciaio
Interviste a dieci artisti cinesi contemporanei
2015, Softcover, Italian
12X20 cm, 172 pages
The entry of China into the global market has brought this country to the attention of the world. Last but not least, we are witnessing an artistic phenomenon that deserves careful consideration: the increasing presence of Chinese artists on the international art market scene.
This book collects ten interviews with established Chinese artists, all united by an uninhibited inclination to transversal experimentation of styles, techniques and genres. Through the form of the interview, the author has chosen to retrace, together with each artist, the main stages of her/his creative path, influenced by the complex political, cultural and social changes taking place in China in the last thirty years. The artist interviewed are: Huang Rui, The Gao Brothers, Weng Fen, Lin Tianmiao, Zhang Dali, Zhang Huan, Wang Qingsong, Li Wei, Liu Bolin, Zhang Wei.
Graduated in Disciplines of Arts, Music and Entertainment (University of Roma Tre), she has a Master of Arts in Photographic Criticism (University of Durham, England) which she attendend thanks to the awarding of the AHRC scholarship. She has worked in the field of photographic publishing, has curated exhibitions and held theoretical-practical courses for various photography schools. She has published essays and interviews for numerous magazines, including: Around Photography, Cultframe Arti Visive, Fotografare, Gente di Fotografia, Asian Notebooks, Slow Food. She is also interested in Asian cultures, especially Japan, and has deepened various aspects, such as cinematography, visual culture and gastronomy. She has published: Le icone di Hiroshima: fotografie, storia e memoria (Postcart, Roma, 2011) e Il dragone d’acciaio. Interviste a 10 artisti cinesi contemporanei (Postcart, Rome, 2015). She has also taken part in conferences at venues such as the Scuola Normale di Pisa and the University of Bristol.
Manuela De Leonardis