Shanghai 2002 - Bettina Rheims And Serge Bramly

Duration: March 31 - May 07, 2017

Venue: Three Shadows Xiamen Photography Art Centre

301 of Building 2, Xinglinwan Business Center, Jimei District, Xiamen, Fujian


In 2002, Bettina Rheims released a series of photographs of women from Shanghai that were taken in the course of two extended stays. In January 2016, a retrospective paid tribute to the off-beat photographer at the Maison Européenne de la Photographie (MEP). In 2017, an exhibition displaying portraits of sixty Shanghainese women is held in China for the second time.

Bettina Rheims travels through Shanghai capturing the bodies or the faces of women from across the whole social spectrum: dancers, abbesses, ramblers, schoolgirls, neighbourhood guardians, actresses, etc.

Since the 1980s, (Female Trouble, Modern Lovers) Bettina Rheims’ photography has explored issues attached to representations of feminine, androgynous and transsexual beauty. Her work challenges the borders between the body and identity.

Selected Works:

Zhou Xun in a Limousine

November 2002, Shanghai

Zhou Xun is an incredible actress: she is beautiful but also wise with a keen sense of humor and a natural simplicity that gives the impression that she could immediately be a close friend of anyone.

"Better Days" leisure centre, Japanese Bunker II

April 2002, Shanghai

The District Committee has converted a dance hall a into a clandestine command centre dating back from World War II. Everyday, several retired people indulge in the pleasure of tango, bolero and pasodoble.

Jin Xing in the toilets of Chez Maxim's - Shanghai Grand Theatre

April 2002, Shanghai

Jin Xing has been enrolled in the army at the age of 9 because of her obvious talent for dance. She was still a man at this time. Today she holds the rank of colonel.

Hou Bo et Xu Xiaobing, official photographers of Mao Zedong. At home.

October 2002, Shanghai

Mrs Hou Bo studied photography and cinema. She became a communist and joined the army. In 1949, Mao chose her as her personal photographer ; she was only in her twenties.

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