Yan Xinfa’s has created two major body of artworks (People and Emperor’s tomb) that tackle with Chinese inhabitants and the relationship with their cultural landscape.
Emperor’s tomb is a series of black and white photographs, in which a sense of tranquillity and timelessness pervades the atmosphere.
This series does not only offer a contemporary gaze at archaeological remains, it also reinterprets Chinese daily life within and nearby the mausoleum.
Yan’s photographs reflect the impulse to preserve: archiving both contemporary common land and ancient imperial tomb enables him to salvage China’s cultural heritage and collective memory. In between desacralization and sanctification of an ancient sacred site now re-appropriated by its local population.
Yan Xinfa on OFOTO Gallery
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