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The Price of Neglect

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17 JUNE – 4 JULY 2015


120A Prinsep Street
Singapore 187937




The O.P.E.N., a pre-festival of ideas from the Singapore International Festival of Arts, presents The Price Of Neglect by Lu Guang.
In his powerful, wrenching work which immediately engages the viewer, world-renowned Chinese photographer Lu Guang confronts us with the compelling and terrifying truth about the astronomical human and environmental costs of China’s rapid industrialisation. From the twisted beauty of tortured landscapes to intimate portraits of ordinary folk suffering from the worst effects of industrial pollution, Lu’s beautifully composed and intensely coloured photographs weave a dramatic narrative.

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Presented by the Singapore International Festival of Arts

While the world marvels at the spectacular rate of China’s economic growth, Lu’s photojournalism shines an uncomfortably bright spotlight on the plight of those at the lower rungs of Chinese society who often pay the cost of – and yet are ignored in – the country’s quest for advancement. Through his uncompromising lens which demands accountability, Lu has captured a plethora of stories, from peasant farmers who contracted HIV/AIDS after trading their blood for fertiliser, to the courageous fire-fighters who cleaned up the Dalian oil spill.

“By making visible what is usually covered up, Lu Guang opens a critical public space in which issues can be scrutinised and changed. Shared on the Internet and hotly debated on Chinese Twitter, his images have inspired people to act and forced authorities in China to take action on several occasions.” – 2013 Prince Claus Awards Committee Report



Lu Guang