26th April 2018, University of Central Lancashire, Preston, United Kingdom
DATE: 26/4/2018
"This is a unique day long event, which brings together key contemporary photographers, curators and academics, based outside the Chinese mainland, whose work addresses the Chinese megacity. Since 1978 China has undergone an accelerating process of urbanisation that is unprecedented anywhere in the world. A megacity has more than 10 million people, and there are currently an estimated 15 such cities in China.
The conference will ask these questions and more: what sort of urban China is photography showing us? What is the geographical imaginary explored in these photographs and how does it account for mega cities as places and ideas? What kind of contemporary photographers and photographic practices are representing the megacity landscape today? How do landscape photographs help us understand, track or indeed critique processes of urban change and everyday life in the megacity? Do these new urban environments call for new visual responses?
This free event will be held at The Media Innovation Studio, Media Factory, University of Central Lancashire, Preston, PR1 2HE on the 26th April 2018. It is part of an ongoing research project and is organised by John van Aitken (UCLAN) and Jane Brake (Manchester School of Art) with support from the Confucius Institute."

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