"Moment" Xiao Ge Solo Exhibition
City: Beijing
Curator: Li Tong
Duration: 2018-01-13 ~ 2018-03-18
Opening: 13 January 2018, 16:00 - 18:00
Venue: Amy Li Gallery
Address: No.54 Caochangdi (old airport road), Chaoyang District, Beijing
Participating Artist(s): Xiao Ge

Amy Li Gallery is honored to announce the presentation, on January 13, 2018, of the new and first photography solo exhibition of the artist Xiao Ge: Moments. It is also the first time that Amy Li Gallery organizes an exhibition purely on photography. This exhibition is a one-time full display of the best pieces of the artist collected after he travelled around the world. While the works show the habits and customs of various peoples, they are also the implementation the theory of the “decisive moment” dear to Henri Cartier-Bresson, Xiao Ge’s spiritual mentor in photography. This exhibition, curated by Li Tong, will show a total of 58 photographs.

Through all sorts of brilliant photographs, the artist Xiao Ge expresses his understanding of the world. There are many different types of photography, but when it touches upon someone’s memory, there is only the fleeting glimpse of a passing beauty – that glimpse of a “frightened goose flying off”, as the Chinese expression has it – and while that glimpse of beauty may not be the most amazing thing in the world, it belongs to that very someone; the magic of the photography consists of the capture of a real and objective “moment”.

Xiao Ge, alias little garreteer, is an expert on painting and a photographer. He graduated from the Faculty of arts of the Jiangsu University. He has been Director general of the Center for Art and Culture of the Jinling (Nanjing) Hotel, Director of the Jiangsu Jinling Fine Arts Institute, and vice-chairman of the Nanjing city Professional Association of auctioneers, etc. Beginning in 1998, he set foot in Arts and Humanities, receiving the teachings of professors like Shao Huaze or Deng Wei. In 2017 he joined the Magnum Master Class, studying photography from Patrick Zachmann. While travelling around the world, Xiao Ge was attracted as a tourist by the local habits, customs and mores of the places he visited. As a photographer, he is good at capturing those “moments” of the beauty of the earth. Xiao Ge was born in an artists’ family, he started to study at a very small age by listening and watching, seeing so many art, past and present, while following his father, acquiring a very high aesthetic taste and creativity. Photography is a particular mean of expression; Xiao Ge through each of his vivid pictures expresses the symbolism, individual or collective, of society’s conscious travelers, his understanding of the societies and the habits and customs of the people. At the same time, of course, he wants to impress on his viewers his own artist’s thinking.

The “Decisive moment” is a photographic artistic concept that was first proposed by the renowned French photography master Henri Cartier-Bresson in 1952 in a collection of his best works. It addresses in particular the method of shooting pictures, which consists of summing up, in a very short time like a minute or a split second, something that has a decisive significance, and to express it with a forceful visual framing. In the photography of things human, like habits and customs, that decisive moment is very hard to capture. There are some characteristics that cannot be reproduced, it needs an eye that is good at discovering and a specific aesthetic feel, an individual formulation of one’s pictorial emotions and expression of one thoughts, while requiring at the same time be very fast at operating the camera, if one wants to catch that “moment”. Everything in the world has its decisive moment, and by catching ordinary people’s own decisive moment with a decisive moment photography style, by capturing in an extremely short time the appearance and the contents of things, Xiao Ge has preserved in his photographs what he has discovered in those exceptional instants, and he did so for eternity.

The exhibition carries on until 18 March.

Xiao Ge

Xiao Ge, alias little garreteer. He graduated from Art Institute of Jiangsu University. Former director of Jiangsu Jin Ling Art Museum, general manager of Jin Ling Hotel Cultural and Art center, artistic director, etc. Now he is a member of the expert committee of the Art Appraisal Committee of the Imperial Museum of China, the deputy director of the Calligraphy and Painting Appraisal Committee of the Jiangsu Provincial Collectors. Association and the member of the Royal Photographic Society. He is taught by Mr. Shao Huaze and Mr. Deng Wei. In 2017, he went to the master class of Magnan and learnt photography from Mr.Patrick Zuckerman.It has participated in many international exhibitions and auctions, and has been collected by art institutions and individuals.

In recent years, the photography art creation has been taken as the subject of urban humanities street, which has been influenced deeply by the French photographer bresson.The publication has a special collection of photography, such as ‘photographic trip in American ’, ‘the moment’, and ‘life could be beautiful’.


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[Editor] 张艳