Photographer and Community Artist, Kev Ryan, contrasts the power of centralised planning and the local state in determining future urban development against the emergent hub of arts development occuring in the Huang Jue Ping area of Chongqing.
Publicly sanctioned but seemingly contradictory forces are at work here. Do the brightly painted murals symbolise the growth of the arts and cultural industries in this area or the transitory nature of this community as it faces re-development on a massive scale?
I have worked in the field of community arts in the UK for most of my working life and have been involved in and inspired by the movement since 1976. My own photographic work began in the early 1980s but for a good 20 years my main focus became that of encouraging others to develop their photographic skills and imagination through setting up community darkrooms and running photography projects. In between I managed to be an exhibiting photographic artist from time to time and have had work published in a wide range of ways. I co-run the Pixel and Grain Gallery with a colleague and have organised a number of international photography competitions. My work includes a fair amount of performance photography from large scale outdoor events and festivals to stage work in music, theatre, live literature and dance. My passion is for street photography and one day I promise myself time for imaginative studio based work......... I have another book on Blurb published under Charnwood Arts.