RAS Art Focus Group

Li Room at the Radisson Blu Xingguo Hotel

Alive in a Sea of Red

Speaker: Liu Heung Shing

In the last quarter of the 20th century, China emerged from the shadow of Mao and embarked on a path towards startling economic change that would transform geopolitics in the 21st century. At the same time, the Soviet Union, upon which China modeled its socialist structure in the early phase of New China, exhausted its model of Communism and, in 1991, imploded, leading to a final collapse on December 25 of that year. Liu Heung Shing has lived under the paradigm of each of these periods of transformative economic and political change. He photographed the two countries too; the experience of which he will reveal in his talk to the Royal Asiatic Society of China.

About the speaker

Pulitzer Prize-winning photo-journalist Liu Heung Shing was born in Hong Kong, educated in the US, and active in the field of photography since 1974, for 16 years a correspondent for the Associated Press, Liu has resided in Los Angeles, New Delhi, Seoul and most memorably in Moscow. But, following an initial posting in Beijing in 1979, he has never been far from his native land. In 2014, Liu moved from Beijing to Shanghai to establish the Shanghai Center of Photography (SCoP) at the invitation of the West Bund Culture Company. Since its launch in 2015, SCoP has become the city’s premier venue for photography, showcasing the work of leading international and domestic photographers.

For more information about the speaker, please visit: https://www.scop.org.cn/

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