BAOHAN STREET: An African Community in Guangzhou (China)
Photo exhibition by Li Dong (artist) and Michaela Pelican (curator)
October 15 – November 15, 2014
University of Cologne, Main Building (Ground Floor)
Vernissage and panel discussion with the artist:
October 16, 2014, 6pm
University of Cologne, Neuer Senatssaal (Main Building)
Over the past two decades, the People’s Republic of China has become a new and attractive destination for migrants from all over the world, including Africa. The city of Guangzhou, with its long history of international trade, has attracted between 200,000 and 500,000 Africans, primarily to do business. A famous ‘African Street’, named Baohan Street, has emerged in Yuexiu District, one of the oldest districts of Guangzhou.
The daily lives of Africans who make themselves at home in Baohan Street have been documented by the photographer Li Dong for over two years. Li Dong has been interested in the striking social and economic transformations in China’s recent history, and the emergence of migrant communities as the ‘new Guangzhou residents’. A selection of his works will be exhibited in the Main Building of the University of Cologne from October 15 to November 15, 2014.
The official opening event of the photo exhibition will take place on October 16, 2014. The artist will be present at the vernissage and panel discussion.
More upcoming events during the exhibition:
October 18, 2014, 3-5pm
Guided tour with the artist
Venue: Main Building, University of Cologne (Ground Floor)
October 24, 2014, 6-9.30pm
Venue: Auditorium E, Hörsaalgebäude, University of Cologne