History of Monuments.
Photographs by Wang Qingsong.
Editions Bessard, 2012.
2 multi-panel illustrations, 6½x10¼".
History Of Monuments is an accordion fold book that can be read on both sides and measures 8,40m in length when fully opened. It is hand bound in two covers and presented in a handmade slipcase purple box. It's printed in an edition of just 450 copies.
Wang Qingsong, most influential artist BBC 'The Genius of Photography' said
« Since August 2009, I started to work with two hundred models over fifteen days, shooting the 42-metre-long History of Monuments. This work is my reflection on what is told about civilisations, beauties, virtues, standards and norms The models are smeared with mud and placed into the carved out contours of the photo backdrop. Chinese traditions are handed down from generation to generation with many documents on the historical figures, poetries, literature, dramas, etc. Often the powerful people like to summarize their achievements during their reign times. So each dynasty has its interpretations of its dynasty and the former dynasties. It is undeniable that many such versions are misguided. »
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