Shao Yinong and Mu Chen
Shao Yinong and Mu Chen, a husband-and-wife team, photographed ancestral halls across China, which were appropriated by the Red Army to use as public meeting places. As China moves ahead, these halls are once again transformed for other purposes. These carefully composed images retain the traces of history, becoming in an instant, silent and evocative.
As a theatre where political events took place , The Assembly Hall was the meeting place of countless events of passion, zeal, lamentation and moaning, which still reflect China’s contemporary history , politics and society.The images we see in The Assembly Hall are of an historic stage devoid of noise. Some of these halls still extend into rituals acted out in political gatherings. Some have been directed in other ways, while others have been left in ruins.
[all images © Shao Yinong and Mu Chen]