Tradition vs. Modernity in Shanghai: Maleonn

Ma Liang, also known as Maleonn (1972 Shanghai), is a talented Chinese photographer who has gained a kind of cult following because of his fable like photographs. His images, in color and black and white, are often created with props, actors and a strange mix of hues, colors and theatrical sets.

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A graduate of the Fine Arts College of Shanghai University, Ma Liang studied graphic design, and it shows in his works, which blend new style with a look and feel of old photographic images, when colors were unrefined. He lives and works in Shanghai.

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The Artistic Director, born in a family of artists, starts in 1995 by producing short films. In advertising film he made a name very quickly, but feels restricted in his role waiting for customers and in the constraints of the agencies.

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In fact, the modern systems of work naturally led him to move a career as a photographer.

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One can see a criticism of the consumer society: the development for him was prejudicial with the spirituality of the old Chinese culture: the loss of hope, the collapse of the values…

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Thus, the new face of Shanghai makes him nostalgic as an artist who deeply likes his city in which he raised. Ma Liang compares his city with a drunk woman singing every night – Shanghai lost its heart.

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http://www.maleonn.com

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