Local Action explores the links between photography and the local environment of the festival. This year we are showing The Chinese Gesture (curated by Jean Loh) by Magnum member Guy Le Guerrec who travelled to China several times in the 1980s where he fell in love with the Fujian region.
GUY le querrec
the chinese gesture
CURATED BY Jean Loh
A Breton born in Paris in 1941 and a Magnum veteran for the past 42 years, Guy Le Querrec has three loves in his life—photography, his hometown and jazz. Photography is without doubt his greatest passion.
Guy Le Querrec’s most unexpected journey was to China, a voyage East accomplished in four periods (1984, 1986, 1988 and 1989). It was in 1988, when Guy Le Querrec gave a Master Class in China at the invitation of Rencontres d’Arles, that he discovered the Hui’an Maidens in Fujian Province. In 1989, he was invited to participate in the project "A Day in the Life of China". He was the only one of sixty foreign photographers to select Fujian, and he did so in order to spend more time with the extraordinary Hui'an Maidens. They are the mainstay of the exhibition, "The Chinese Gesture". In China today, people have forgotten all about the Hui'an Maidens, how they did everything while their fishermen sailed away.
The exhibition shows Guy Le Querrec's unique perspective on a transitioning China, in 70 shots of large cities (Beijing, Wuhan, Shanghai Suzhou, Nanjing, Guangzhou, Chengdu, Chongqing, Xiamen, Quanzhou) and the countryside of Fujian province.