The Warring Homeland
Dates: June 24–July 31, 2017
Opening Reception: July 8, 2017 | 4:30–6:30 p.m. | Artist in Attendance
The Warring Homeland features a collection of works by Chinese photographer Yang Jian. In his photographs, Jian explores the impacts of climate change on society and human-made structures. He highlights the effect of climate change on social and cultural heritage through capturing the environment’s influence over ancient architecture.
Climate change is a critical issue affecting the international community. The environment is not only crucial to our well-being in everyday life but is also important for the preservation of culture, history, and arts. Cities are particularly significant in discussions of climate change. Although they are prime pollutants and among the most vulnerable in climate disasters, cities can also be the key to solutions for climate change through proper management and sustainable development. As a community organization with the mandate of connecting cultures in an urban area, the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden has engaged with climate change issues through various initiatives such as the Speaker Series forum discussions.
The Chinese have attached important meaning to the natural environment in arts and philosophy since ancient times. The Ming-style scholar’s gardens are considered urban oases found amidst bustling city lives. Artificial mountains and water resemble a miniature of the natural world, balancing each other at every turn. The art of traditional scholars also focuses on nature as a theme. Presenting Jian’s photographs in the space of the urban garden is a wonderful way of reconnecting with the attachment to nature. By focusing on Jian’s collection of photographs, the Garden hopes to encourage people’s thoughts on climate change and the natural surroundings as well as their relationships with human heritage and society.