The exhibition Fang Junhui. Photographs carried by the wind, welcomed by the Metropolitan City of Florence, presents a selection of works by photographer Fang Junhui.
It is the story of a long journey of the spirit, through iconic and exotic places, observed and caught by the artist through his camera.
In the journey Fang retraces the places of his country, China, where the rural landscape is explored through his emotions: from the peaceful scenes of fishing on the Li River to the geometries traced by the Naxi people climbing the snowy mountain of the Jade Dragon, through the ancient Tea Horse Road.
And more, Larung Gar in Sichuan province, where Fang plunges into the bustle of one of the largest villages of Buddhist monks and nuns, made of small red houses, surrounding one of the main Buddhist academies in the world:
“Every day, at sunrise or sunset, you can hear the singing of the nuns from faraway which, carried by the wind, takes on almost heavenly features”. His shots, taken from a long distance, flatten the image and denote the artist’s interest in the abstraction of the visual plane.
The strong connection with nature is explored by Fang also in the West, from the pristine scenery of the Lofoten Islands in Norway, fixed on his film under the Northern Lights sky, to the fishermen houses embedded in the cold Scandinavian landscape, up to the Cime di Lavaredo in Trentino Alto Adige, where he establishes a tent camp to grasp the many facets of the mountain.
Still, his gaze rests on the Val d’Orcia, dormant in the morning mists, defined by Fang “a simple beauty that never ages”; passes from the lively houses of Manarola in Liguria, going to big cities as Rome and Brussels.
Finally Florence, explored by Fang in the year of the COVID, of which he says:
“This warm-toned Florence represents a warm light in my heart, shining into a difficult time.”