IEAS Exhibit Series — Arts of Asia

Unreal Estate: Tong Lam's Photographs of China’s Unsettling Settlements

Image from Unreal Estate: Tong Lam's Photographs of China’s Unsettling Settlements exhibit EXHIBITION
September 16, 2013 to November 6, 2013
Monday through Friday, 9 am – 5 pm
IEAS Lobby, 2223 Fulton Street, 6th Floor

From the Soviet era to today; from the Mongol frontier to modern Guangzhou, Tong Lam documents what society has built and abandoned. The stories behind these photographs tell of hope, ambition, greed, resistance, and visions that have been crushed or cast aside. Some stories are of gleaming structures hauntingly unpeopled; some stories are of teeming populations surviving amid the squalor of urban ruins. With the frenzy of China's economic growth has come accelerated decay, leaving city and country alike scarred by the relics of past dreams.

Sponsored by the Institute of East Asian Studies and the Center for Chinese Studies.

October 23, 2013, 4:00 p.m.
Institute of East Asian Studies Conference Room
2223 Fulton Street, Berkeley CA

Speaker: Tong Lam, Visual Artist and Professor, History, University of Toronto
Moderator: Lin Hon Lam, East Asian Languages and Cultures, UC Berkeley
Sponsors: Institute of East Asian Studies, Center for Chinese Studies

In conjunction with the exhibit of his photographs at IEAS, Unreal Estate, visual artist Tong Lam will discuss his haunting images of Chinese cities and structures, as well as his images of elsewhere in Asia, the US, and Europe featured in his new book Abandoned Futures. A book signing and exhibition reception will follow.

Images by Tong Lam

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