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Yan Wang Preston

Yan Wang Preston Forest

Yan Wang Preston ForestForest
Yan Wang Preston
Hatje Cantz

Texts by Zelda Cheatle and Nadine Barth


Signed Edition
128 Pages
300 x 260 mm
ISBN 9783775743754


In the photographic project Forest, the British-Chinese artist Yan Wang Preston spends eight years (2010-2017) investigating the politics of recreating forests and the ‘natural’ environment in new Chinese cities. Preston starts the project in Chongqing by following the developments of the transplanted old trees, the concrete structures and the people while documenting the changes, dramas, and lives in the city. She then develops the project for Haidong by portraying the bizarre and wildly-coloured ecology-recovery landscapes. On the way, a series of stories are collected and narrated, raising questions about the complexity of urban reforestation and nature re-construction in the contemporary era. 

The project won the 1st Prize of Syngenta Photography Award in 2017 and the 1st Prize, Professional Landscape, Sony World Photography Awards in 2019.

About the Artist
Yan Wang Preston is a visual artist with sustained interests in landscape representation, its relationship to national and personal identities, migration as well as the environment. With large-format photography as her primary media, her solo, collaborative and participatory projects employ still and moving images, sound, performance, installation and the artist’s book to explore complex ideas from multiple angles.

Wang Preston was born in Henan Province in China in 1976, to a family of medical doctors. She gained her BA in Clinical Medicine in Fudan University, Shanghai, in 1999 and was subsequently qualified as a practicing anesthetist. She emigrated to the UK in 2005 and changed her career to photography. In 2009 she gained a MA in Visual Arts at Bradford College, Leeds Beckett University. In 2018 she was awarded a PhD in Photography by the University of Plymouth. Alongside her artistic career, she lectures at the University of Huddersfield on BA, MA and PhD levels. She is an active supporter of photography, serving as a judge for the Royal Photographic Society’s International Photography Exhibition 161, Criteria of Merit Panel for Hundred+ Heroines and on the board of Redeye The Photography Network

About the Publisher
Hatje Cantz is a German book publisher specializing in photography, art, architecture and design. It was established in 1945 by Gerd Hatje and has offices in Stuttgart and Berlin. Hatje Cantz Verlag has a backlist of nearly 800 titles.

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