Yan Wang Preston, Photographers Talk
31st March, 6 PM, Zoom, £3 / £5
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In partnership with Coventry University we are delighted to host a talk by award-winning artist and researcher Yan Wang Preston.
Dr Yan Wang Preston is an award-winning artist and researcher. She is interested in the contested ideas of nature in contemporary societies, and how such ideas are related to the notions of national identity, landscape representation and the environment. Her major projects include: ‘Mother River’ (2010-2014), for which she photographed the entire 6,211km Yangtze River in China at precise 100km intervals a; ‘Forest’ (2010-2017), for which she investigated the politics of reforestation and ecology recovery in new Chinese cities.
Preston’s work has won major international awards such as the First Prize, Professional Landscape, Sony World Photography Award (2019) and the First Prize, Syngenta Photography Award (2017). Her artistic work has been exhibited over fifteen countries at prestigious venues such as the 56 th Venice Biennale (Italy), Chongqing China Three Gorges Museum, Gallery of Photography Ireland, and Fotofest Biennale, USA. Her artist monographs, Mother River and Forest, are both published by Hatje Cantz in 2018, while her images have been featured in numerous newspapers, magazines and journals, such as Irish Times, The Guardian, and the RPS Journal.
She regularly presents papers at academic conferences, such as as keynote speaker at the Art Practice Research Conference, University of Plymouth (2019) and at Women in Photography conference, Tate Modern (2019). Her first peer-reviewed paper Forest Re-seen: From the Metropolis to the Wilderness is to be published in the Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art (2020). She holds a PhD in Photography from the University of Plymouth and lectures part-time at the University of Huddersfield.
Image Credit: Y25_2,400km from the river source. From ‘Mother River’ series (2010-2014), ©Yan Wang Preston.