“Firefly and Light” - Tsun-shing Cheng at the Long Museum

“Firefly and Light” - Tsun-shing Cheng at the Long Museum
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A "half-breed vision". That’s how Tsun-shing Cheng describes his narrative of the twilight of the gods. A historic period beginning at the end of the ‘70s which is retraced by 136 silver halide prints, giving voice to ideas and emotions captured by his lens over forty years. The vitality of events - which is renewed in the eyes of the spectator - comes to the public with all the social fervour which overtook Europe, from France to Germany, even touching American cities. The images of Firefly and Light, divided into thematic sections, were created during the artist’s stay in France, which, at the time, hosted rather few Asian students. His work offers a different perspective than work by Western photographers, encapsulating the social atmosphere and the reality of the time, a half-breed vision longing for regeneration, all echoed in the name of the exhibition Firefly and Light. The exhibition contrasts the spaces of the dark room - metaphorically called “Firefly” - with the final results of the images. Visitors enter the “Firefly” space, then move on to the “Light” space, where they find definitive images.

Samantha De martin - © 2019 ARTE.it for Bulgari Hotel Shanghai