Featuring: Xinyi Li, Zuhong Liu, Tianyang Shen, Ye Shen, Ziran Ning, Xin Xu, Luyue Zhang, Ming Zhou

See, Be Seen, is an exhibition by members of the Shanghai Normal University photography department, past and present, from 2005 to 2019. The eight artists express their interpretation of the city they live in. They explore the ever-changing skyline of the urban landscape, looking further into the fabric and the undercurrent of city life.

“There is a secret bond between slowness and memory, between speed and forgetting. ” from Milan Kundera’s Slowness, to Ziran Ning’s Untitled.

The model-staged series Big Little World, by Tianyang Shen creates a summer afternoon on the beach, which we all dream of, and poses the question “will we still enjoy it when everything becomes artificial?”

Ye Shen’s Colors are not random snapshots, but the subconscious and the imagination of the artist. She found the chemistry between herself and her subject while taking the photographs.

In The Shelves of Supermarket Luyue Zhang distorted the images into the shape of an eye.

Under the Skin by Zuhong Liu. Zuhong was attracted to the pink illuminated stores hidden in old alleys, which he discovered were adult product shops.

Undisguised City is a black and white series by Ming Zhou. It is the relic of a bygone age, once the flashy cover of a bustling metropolis is peeled back.

The Adventure is a personal journey that Xinyi Li created by using vegetables and fruits.

What does the city really look like? Xu Xin combines his memories with the reality of The Metropolis.


  • Shanghai Normal University

    Shanghai Normal University

    As one of the leading photography schools in China, the Photography Department at Shanghai Normal University offers students the remarkable opportunity to study under award-winning professional photographers who remain active in many genres of photography, from documentary photography to commercial work, and photojournalism.

    The students’ works have been exhibiting at both Chinese and International Photography Festivals, such as Pingyao International Photography Festival, Dali International Photography Festival, Fremantle International Photography Festival, Photoville, etc.

    Alumni go on to work as photojournalists in national newspapers, such as CCTV, The, Xinmin Evening News, Tencent News, etc., as art critics in art magazines, such as ArtWorld magazine; also freelance documentary photographers.

See, Be Seen

 archive : 2019

Featuring: Various Artists

Curated by: Chloe Ning

Presented by: Shanghai Normal University
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