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Lot 32

TANG Desheng (China)

Clearing the Silt From the Riverbed, Lihe Commune. From the series Educated Youth, A Fading Living Evidence, 1969 -1976, 1969

Printed in 2014 Sold with signed artist book, Educated Youth: A Fading Living Evidence (Self-published, 2014)
19.5 x 19.5 inches (50 x 50 cm), printed in 2014, signed with ink on back, embossed with stamp

Courtesy of the artist and GAO Lei

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Artist Bio

Born in 1947, TANG DeSheng started his career in the Chinese army, where he was a photographer during his military service in 1965-1969. From 1969-1979, he photographed the zhiqing (“educated youth”), who were sent away from the cities in China to live and work in the countryside during the “Up to the Mountain and Down to the Countryside Movement” of the 1960s and 1970s. The 6,000 photos he took of this period in Chinese history constitute the only long-term photographic documentation that is known of this movement. These works were shown in public for the first time in 2012 at Canal 5 Visual Arts Center in Changzhou, China.

TANG DeSheng has continued to work in China as a freelance photographer since 1979. He works with the Changzhou Photographers’ Association and independently for the Wujin County Photography Association. He holds official positions in both organizations. In recent years, he has done work on The Grand Canal and the onetime practice of bound feet.

During the 2014 Mois de la Photo in Paris, a solo exhibition of his Educated Youth work was held at the SPÉOS Paris London Photographic Institute his Educated Youth work has been published in Educated Youth: The Weight of Images Passing Through Time (Changzhou, China: Canal 5 Visual Arts Center with Thinking Hands, 2012) and Educated Youth: A Fading Living Evidence (China: selfpublished, 2014).

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