"Human Territory", works by Tang Guo.
March 19 - March 31, 2005


作者: 陶渊明

结庐在人境,而无车马喧。问君何能尔,心远地自偏。 采菊东篱下,悠悠见南山。山气日夕佳,飞鸟相与还。 此中有真意,欲辨已忘言。  

清晨开叩门,倒裳往自开。问子为谁欤,田父有好怀。 壶将远见候,疑我与时乖。褴缕茅檐下,未足为高栖。 一世皆尚同,愿君汨其泥。深感父老言,禀气寡所谐。 纡辔诚可学,违己讵非迷!且共欢此饮,吾驾不可回。  

故人赏我趣,挈壶相与至。班荆坐松下,数斟已复醉。 父老杂乱言,觞酌失行次。不觉知有我,安知物为贵。 悠悠迷所留,酒中有深味。

  Drinking Wine

Tao Qian

I made my home amidst this human bustle,
Yet I hear no clamour from the carts and horses. My friend, you ask me how this can be so?
A distant heart will tend towards like places.
From the eastern hedge, I pluck chrysanthemum flowers,
And idly look towards the southern hills.
The mountain air is beautiful day and night,
The birds fly back to roost with one another.
I know that this must have some deeper meaning,
I try to explain, but cannot find the words.




In March, Shanghart Gallery will present “Human Territory”, the latest photographic works by Tang Guo, in H Space.

The name “Human Territory” comes from the poem “Drinking” by Tao Yuan Ming, which says, “I reside in the human territory, free of the earthly noise”. During 2003/04, Tang spent almost 2 years to take these pictures in some countryside residences in southern Anhui. The images are some public areas in those aged residences, such as yards and living rooms, without specific persons, objects or events. As mentioned by Mr. Tang, he doesn’t want to express any special implications by these pictures. It is only his perceptions on time, and he is trying to fix and extend time by the realistic media of photography.

The pictures of water are to express my feeling on Confucius's feeling on the running water.

And these pictures are to express my feeling on the solidation or loss of time, i.e., "Time elapses fast!"

There is no story in my pictures, nor literature, thought, philosophy, folk or architecture.

They are not used to criticize or appreciate, without any concepts. They are only pictures!

As to what you may perceive or think, it depends on you.

--Tang Guo





拍水的照片是我感慨孔子感慨水的流淌。 现在拍的照片是感慨时间的凝固或流失,还是感慨“逝者如斯夫!” 我的照片里没有故事,不是文学的,没有什么思想,也不是哲学,更没有民俗或建筑;

不批判什么,也不褒扬什么,更没有什么观念,他只是照片而已! 至于照片读者如何感受,如何想,见仁见智。




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