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Meng Jin Every Room Is Illuminated
Opening Reception: Friday April 3, 7-9PM
Closign Reception: Friday May 22, 7-9PM
Exhibition Dates: April 3 – May 22, 2009

Kiang Gallery is pleased to present Beijing based artist Meng Jin, who photographs chandeliers in meeting rooms in the People’s Parliament House in Beijing, and other power boardrooms with similar institutional context. These rooms are charged with energy and Meng Jin captures not the brilliance of these chandeliers, but the afterimage, an optical illusion that refers to an image continuing to appear in our vision after the exposure to the original image has ceased, the bright glow that seems to float before ones eyes after staring at brilliant light. By using at least two layered negatives for each image, one in focus and one out of focus and digitally manipulating information these prints on rice paper, achieve a very silky image revealing subtle hints of color associated with the inverted afterimage and showing a reality changed by computer, where only the lights and the reflection caused by lights remain visible in the photographs. The physicality of the space is imagined and details of the rooms are left open to interpretation. What the image appears to represent is determined by the interpretive faculties of the human mind, referencing the signals radiating from these photographs, which retain the memory of vanishing power and mystery. Meng Jin is deliberately inviting a conversation about the ambiguity between reality and perception, perhaps about the impact on political or corporate power on society.

Meng Jin was born in Chongqing, China in 1973. He received his BFA from Southwest China
Normal University and his MFA from the Chelsea College of Art and Design, UK – Awarded
Distinction. His work has been exhibited internationally including: The Thirteen: Chinese Video
Now, MOMA PS1, New York, Moscow Young Art Biannual, Moscow, Russia, Night on Earth,MOCA Shanghai, China, Helsinki, Finland, The International Festival of Photography, Lodz,
Poland, China Design Now, V&A Museum, London, UK, Whispering Wind: Recent Chinese Photography, Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville, Tennessee, Inactivation, Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai, China, Evolution, 2007 Guangzhou Photo Biannual, Guangdong Art
Museum, Guangzhou. He currently lives and works in Beijing.

Kiang Gallery
1011-A Marietta Street
Atlanta, Georgia, 30318

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