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Van Vessem Gallery proudly announces its latest exhibit, China in Focus: Photographs of Chinese Life by photographer and writer Miriam Clifford. An opening reception will be held on Saturday, September 16, from 5-8 pm. The exhibit will be on view through October 15. 

Clifford is a well-travelled expert on modern China, having co-authored China: museums, published by Odyssey Books. The guide is an extensive overview of the nation’s eclectic array of museums and collections. Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the gallery. 

In this exhibit, viewers can enjoy powerful imagery and narrative from the world’s most populous country. Clifford took these photos as she travelled around China working as a photographer for newspapers, NGO’s and private collectors. These compelling images provide a window into stories of Chinese life and include people, glowing vistas, and abstractions gleaned from graffiti. Audiences will encounter religious minorities, laughing children, music, laborers, urban decay and even the bizarre cult of the Maoist mango. Maps and texts will accompany the photographs for greater context and insight. 

These glimpses into the milieu of modern China hint at its unique confluence of ancient tradition, communist revolution and contemporary globalization. Viewers will leave the exhibit more knowledgable about a nation that is too often conflated with mass-produced goods and stereotyped characters. Clifford offers a viewpoint which is remarkably empathetic and perceptive.