(First Instalment) Zhang Qing
“When the crops in the regions around the Tai Lake of Suzhou are ripe,
there’s enough food for people across the country.”
Suzhou is the birthplace of Wu culture. From the point of view of Chinese history, the city has a wealth of achievements, for instance its urban and rural construction, its nurturing of many famous people and the formation of its own literary style. The city as a whole possesses many scenic beauty spots and is full of special vistas. Suzhou is densely criss-crossed with waterways and channels ; the soil is very fertile，a rich source of food. With the dredging of the Grand Canal, Suzhou has become the quintessential city of economic and cultural growth in China and people admire it as a paradise on earth.
The exhibition on “Suzhou Historical Images and Documents” displays a series of works, including nostalgic photos about the city, illustrations of printmaking from western newspapers to old maps etc. This treasure-house of images concerns various aspects of the city : its classical gardens, other historical sites, city views and records of daily life. The exhibition focuses on Suzhou, using images taken by camera to show the city with multiple perspectives and levels. With the help of early photography techniques, this exhibition will further re-visualize the city’s features, life style and changes in the urban environment. Visiting the show, the public will sense both similarities differences, with an enhanced sense of temporal multiplities between present and past. Thinking within a historical framework, people usually try to discover the similarities via comparisons, through which they can further understand the Suzhou’s cultural and historical features in combination, and feel the city’s special tranquility. This vision of temporal multiplicities urges us to examine the potential of Suzhou as another historical and cultural hub. Like the diversities and complexities of modernity itself in the present, we believe emphatically that these characteristic features of “Suzhou studies”will manifest themselves in the near future.
Great heat in Beijing, 2016
Suzhou women raising the silkworms: 1843, drypoint by Thomas Allom, British print maker. Description about the sericiculture in Suzhou region.
Silk reeling: 1843, drypoint by Thomas Allom, British print maker. Description about the silk reeling in Suzhou region. Suzhou is the cradle of silk and the local women enjoyed great reputation for their excellent reeling.
Silk dyeing in Suzhou region: 1843, drypoint by Thomas Allom, British print maker. Description about the silk dyeing workshops in Suzhou Region. Since ancient times, Suzhou developed a whole series of traditional silk making artisanry, from silkworm raising, heeling, dyeing to weaving.
Beautiful scenery of Suzhou in misty rain
Tiger hill of Suzhou
Tiger hill: 1843, drypoint by Thomas Allom, British print maker. Description about Suzhou’s Tiger hill.
Afternoon street of old city