YAN WANG PRESTON — FOREST
6 JUNE – 30 AUGUST 2019
WIRRAL PARKS — OUTDOOR EXHIBITION
Forest looks at the modern practice of moving ancient trees into new places, or planting trees in climates that do not welcome them. In recent years, developers in China have been transplanting old trees into new leisure developments, in an attempt to create a feeling of ready-made authenticity. The trees often die in the process of being moved, or adapt poorly to their new climate.
Amid China’s rapid development and mass construction of megacities, the series captures the contemporary process of attempting to transplant the natural world into urban environments — of trying to cover up the newness of new developments.
Yan Wang Preston’s Forest will be shown outdoors, on lightboxes in a park on The Wirral.
Frank, Dali, China, June 2013, © Yan Wang Preston
LOOK PHOTO BIENNIAL 2019 IS SUPPORTED BY:
Arts Council England, Liverpool City council, Foyle Foundation
Wirral Borough of Culture 2019, University of Salford Art Collection, Redeye Photographic Network, CFCCA (Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art), Heart of Glass
National Museums Liverpool, University of Liverpool, Victoria Gallery & Museum, Williamson Art Gallery & Museum, UCLan (The University of Central Lancashire,
Spectrum Photographic, Colloids