(Born in 1980)
煤場裡的佛像, 寧夏, 2011
Buddha’s head in coal yard , Ningxia, 2011
100 x 120 cm
向沙漠抽水的人, 宁夏, 2011
向沙漠抽水的人, 寧夏, 2011
People pumping in the desert, Ningxia, 2011
100 x120 cm
The Yellow River 黃河
Zhang Kechun has spent 4 years on the banks the Yellow River. He travels on a fold-up bicycle, following the river’s silted water from the coastal flats of Shandong, west, to the mountains of Qinghai.
As a boy, he read about the mythic river. As a man, he went to find its source. The Yellow River is a project inspired by the novel River of the North written by Zhang Chengzhi. Attracted by the powerful words in this novel, Zhang Kechun decided to take a walk along the Yellow River to experience and feel the father-like broad and wide brought from this river. The artist targeted to find the root of his soul : « while along the way, the river from my mind was inundated by the stream of reality. The river, which once was full of legends, has gone and disappeared. »
Through his work, Zhang Kechun wants to believe that nature and human beeings will together preserve the river. This collection shows also the drift of our materialistic society that pushes us to consume always more and more. But would possess more drive us to happiness ?
For the photographer, nevertheless, as a vast country with a strong history, its future is always bright. There is a descent in the matrix; there is her own nutrition to feed her babies; there is the power of creation to cultivate them strongly. The weak moaning finally will be drowned by the shout for joy. From this point of view, it seems, all shall be optimistic.
Zhang Kechun, born in Sichuan province, China. He was interested in Art since his young age and discovered a passion for photography in high school. The photographer won the National Geographic Picks Global Prize in 2008, was nominated by Three Shadow Photo Award in 2012, nominated by Sony World Photography Awards in 2012 and 2013, nominated by the Prix HSBC Pour la Photographie 2014. He won the Arles Discovery Award 2014.