Yibin I (Bathers), Sichuan Province,2007
Nadav Kander made several voyages along the course of China's
Yangtze River, travelling up-stream from mouth to source over a
period of three years. Previously unseen photographs from the
resulting body of work - 'Yangtze - The Long River' - go on display
at Flowers from 14 October 2010 to coincide with the publication of
a monograph comprising the complete series.
Using the river as a metaphor for constant change Kander attempted
at every stage of the journey, to relate and reflect the
consequences of the incomprehensible and seemingly unnatural
development in modern-day China. The journey begins at the coastal
estuary, where thousands of ships leave and enter each day, and
moves past renowned suicide bridges, coal mines and the largest dam
in the world - The Three Gorges Dam. Further inland we encounter
Chongqing - the fastest-growing urban centre on the planet.
Nadav Kander said: "The photographs are an emotional response to
what I saw. I gave them simple titles so that viewers are
encouraged to respond subjectively before seeking the facts "
Kander's China is a country both at the beginning of a new era
and at odds with itself, and one that inspired him to create works
of sublime, soulful art.