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BredaPhoto 2020 : An impressive exhibition China Imagined in gothic monument


In addition to the Best of Times Worst of Times, BredaPhoto presents a second theme, China Imagined. The venue for this initiative is the main church, a grand gothic monument founded in the 13th century and further extended till the renaissance. From 1576 the building became a bone of contention between the religious factions, now Catholic then Protestant. Ultimately, the battle was settled in favour of the Protestants, and everything reminiscent of the past was erased. It turned out to be a blessing: from the 20th onwards late medieval frescoes were uncovered from beneath the whitewashed walls and restored. You can’t miss a gigantic 8m high saint Christopher surrounded by creatures that eloped from a painting by Hieronymus Bosch (who also lived in this region). But let’s look at photography. Again, a very wide range, 20 projects and 22 photographers, too much to cover in a brief overview. The aim of the curators Ruben Lundgren (1983, NL) & He Yining (1986, CN) of this exhibition is to influence the perception of China. We usually think of that country as one...

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