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  • Telescope: China | Telescope at OCAT Xi’an

    Telescope: China | Telescope at OCAT Xi’an

    The OCT Contemporary Art Terminal Xi’an (OCAT Xi’an) is the latest addition to the OCAT group of museums, now in five cities across China. The first was founded in Shenzhen in 2005 with a mission to support emerging and established contemporary Chinese artists, and produce exhibitions, lectures, and cultural programs on an international level.

  • Telescope: China | Jiangxi Province Pt. 2

    Telescope: China | Jiangxi Province Pt. 2

    Continued from the last blog… …the next morning I met my friend, He Xiangying (Huh Shee-ahng-Ying), and his girlfriend at the bus station. It was early morning, we talked awhile, ate and waited on our bus to arrive and take us to Yongxin (Yong-sheen), his hometown in southwest Jiangxi Province. This type of travel is an ordeal for Chinese. Xiangying works in Shenzhen, Guangdong Province, near Hong Kong, and can usually only go home once a year.

  • Telescope: China | Jiangxi Province Pt. 1

    Telescope: China | Jiangxi Province Pt. 1

    Every year for Chinese Spring Festival (Chinese New Year) I will to go visit a friend’s hometown in a remote countryside area. I have been to many places since I arrived in China in 2008. You can find these posts in my earlier Hammer Blogs: Guangdong (Canton), northeast China’s Liaoning Province, Hunan, Anhui Province, and others.

  • Telescope: China | INCLUDED

    Telescope: China | INCLUDED

    INCLUDED, a nonprofit organization formerly known as Compassion for Migrant Children, recently opened an outdoor exhibition in Sanlitun, an upscale prime shopping center area in Beijing. Stephen Gleadow, a U.S. artist and friend, and the creative director for the INCLUDED exhibition, invited me to come see this very beautiful and moving show right before I left for the U.S.