© Tang DeSheng

This year, Spéos will be present in Arles to showcase the remarkable documentary work of Chinese photographer Tang DeSheng on the “educated youth”, the zhiqing. Come and discover this exhibition from July 4 to 10, 2021 at the Spéos Gallery located at 7 Rue de la Liberté, 13200 Arles – France.

The gallery is open every day from 10am to 1pm, and from 2pm to 6pm.
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About the exhibition

In November 2014, in its Paris Gallery, Spéos presented for the first time the remarkable documentary
work of Chinese photographer Tang DeSheng on the “educated youth“, the zhiqing.

This exhibition was organized in partnership with Gao Lei, who graduated from Spéos in 2002.

During the Chinese Cultural Revolution launched by Mao Zedong, which lasted from 1966 to 1976, Tang DeSheng photographed students sent from urban areas to the countryside: the zhiqing.
These students, raised and educated in the cities, were sent to the countryside to learn about rural life and help farmers. They also had to spread urban culture to the rural population and were not allowed to return home.

The 6,000 photos taken by Tang DeSheng constitute an absolutely unique documentary collection on this event that affected a whole generation. Based on this striking experience, Spéos has engaged with Magnum Photos in the creation of a training program for the management of the photographic heritage.

Creation of a training program dedicated to the management of photographic collections

In 2020, Spéos and Magnum Photos won a grant from the European Union for a cooperative project entitled “The Cycle: European Training in Photographic Legacy Management”.

This project, funded by the European Union’s Creative Europe program, seeks to find new effective and sustainable forms of preserving and enhancing photographic artworks in Europe by training professionals.

It is led by a consortium of 5 European partners:
– Spéos International Photographic Institute in Paris, France.
– Magnum Endowment Fund (MFDD) in Paris, France.
– The Office For Photography (OFP) in Zagreb, Croatia.
– The Institute for Art History (IPU) in Zagreb, Croatia.
– The University of Deusto (UD) in Bilbao, Spain.

Presentation of the training program at the Spéos Gallery in Arles

This training program “The Cycle” will be presented by Andréa Holzherr from the Magnum Photos Agency at the Spéos Gallery in Arles on Thursday, July 8, at 11am.
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