Wenhuan Shao 's SMart exhibition “The soften The glow” was officially opened on April 19th at the La Fabrik Gallery in Montréal, Switzerland. The exhibition will be held from April 19 to May 5, 2019. SMart residence program was initiated by the Foundation for the Sustainable Development of Mountain Regions (FDDM) and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), with collaboration of Three Shadows for artists recommendation and selection. The exhibition will be toured to Three Shadows Beijing from June 29th to July 28th, 2019.
After many weeks of observation of the mountain summits of Valais, Wenhuan Shao presents his perspective of the alpine landscape through his exhibition “The soften The glow”. The Chinese photographer makes the choice to exhibit his work mainly on “light boxes” and big format photos. He also intervents on images with special techniques in order to give his work a pictorial dimension. On one hand, the oversized pictures permit to emphasise the impression of strength and power of the mountain. On the other hand, the voluntary interventions suggest the « fragility » of the world, such as global warming and natural disasters. Through his artwork, Wenhuan Shao intends to create an emotional reaction and thus to transcend cultural and geographical representations of the mountain in order to create a common value of nature.
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Artist, Associate professor, Department of photography of China Academy of Art.
Studied as a graduate student at Department of Intergrated Painting of China Academy of Art in 2002, during which he went to the National School of Fine Art in Dijon for advanced studies.
SMArt was launched in 2014 by the Foundation for the Sustainable Development of Mountain Regions(FDDM) inclose cooperation with the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and the Culture Service of Canton Valais. It relies on an extensive network of institutional and cultural partners in Switzerland and around the world. As the Chinese partner of the SMArt project, Three Shadows Photography Art Centre recommends photographers to live and work in Monthey during an open call. Artists ultimately research and create around topics such as “climate change,” "water management" and "mountain development” in the context of challenges facing mountain regions around the globe.