3/2-27 Macalester: China's mega projects and environ. impacts.
From: Fred H Olson (fholsoncohousing.org)
Date: Wed, 21 Feb 2007 06:07:29 -0800 (PST)
Saint Paul, MN - An exhibition featuring photos taken by Associate
Professor Wang Ping, in addition to related texts and a video
installation, will be held at the Macalester College Janet Wallace Fine
Art Center Gallery, opening on Friday, March 2 at 7PM, running through
March 27.  Entitled /Behind the Gate: China in Flux after the Flood of
the Three Gorges Dam/, the subject matter covers Wang's recent journeys
to the Three Gorges Dam area and along the Yangtze River.

The setting of the photos and video takes place starting just days
before the June 6, 2006, blasting of the coffer dam and in the aftermath
during the following months.  It shows not only the dam, the flooded
waterways and towering new concrete construction, but also the people
and towns to and from which they have relocated.  It includes the
massive development of highways across the impossibly high mountains
along the river, and it visits the Shanghai delta and its offshore
wetland, where the Yangtze deposits the last of its sediment.  It
journeys through the upper region of the Yangtze, the Golden Sand River,
and its yet-pristine Leaping Tiger Gorges, where more dam projects are
underway.

Intended to introduce the visitor to the benefits and dangers of the dam
itself, such as energy production, increased commerce, flood control,
disruption of sewage and sediment drainage, it also details the personal
stories of individuals displaced by the dam project and the
environmental impacts on the river ecosystem, its land and animal species.

For more information contact the Janet Wallace Fine Art Center curator
Gregory Fitz at 651-696-6416 or fitz [at] macalester.edu or Professor Wang
Ping at 651-696-6512 or ping [at] macalester.edu, and visit the Janet Wallace
Fine Art Center Gallery Web site at http://macalester.edu/gallery.

Macalester College is committed to being a preeminent liberal arts
college with an educational program known for its high standards for
scholarship and its special emphasis on internationalism,
multiculturalism, and service to society.  The Janet Wallace Fine Art
Center Gallery exhibits a balance of regional, national and
international artists.  While emphasizing mostly contemporary work, the
gallery also features a wide range of historical and sociological topics.

Wang Ping was born in Shanghai and grew up on a small island in the East
China Sea.  After three years spent farming in a mountain village
commune, she attended Beijing University.  In 1985 she left China to
study in the U.S., earning her Ph.D. from New York University.  She is
the acclaimed author of the short story collection /American Visa/, the
novel /Foreign Devil/, two poetry collections: /Of Flesh & Spirit/ and
/The Magic Whip/, the cultural study /Aching for Beauty: Footbinding in
China/, and the forthcoming collection of fiction stories/ The Last
Communist Virgin/.  Visit http://WangPing.com for more information.


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