Traversing China's Multiethnic Passage: Jingui Zhang's Solo Art

Sponsored by East Asia Library, Stanford University Libraries


June 6, 2019 – November 30, 2019
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In the vast multiethnic land of southwest China, there reside many minority groups. The renowned Chinese sociologist Fei Xiaotong called the intersections between Sichuan, Yunnan, and Tibet China’s “ethnic passage,” which is home to a multitude of non-Han groups such as the Qiang, Yi, and the Tibetans. Mr. Jingui Zhang, a graduate of Sichuan Academy of Fine Arts, also a native of Sichuan, has devoted over thirty years in studying and artistically depicting the multiethnic cultural heritages of this unique region. This solo exhibition showcases a collection of original oil paintings that Mr. Zhang created in the culturally diverse regions of southwest China. With both realistic and poetically rendered contemporary styles, Mr. Zhang unveils the mysterious historical and cultural legacies of the non-Han peoples of southwest China, illuminating their unique cultural and natural wonders.

Artist and educator Jingui Zhang often travels alone into the multiethnic regions of southwest China, expediting into the little-known minority villages. Through such journeys, Mr. Zhang seeks to locate the roots of diverse Chinese cultures and art. Mr. Zhang discovers and depicts multiethnic cultures such as the Qiang culture. The Qiang, one of the oldest ethnic entities in China, have been imbricated with Chinese civilization since antiquity. Mr. Zhang’s artistic depictions help record and revive the legendary Qiang culture in a rapidly globalizing China.

This exhibition, which is curated by Dr. Yanshuo Zhang, Lecturer in the Program in Writing and Rhetoric, will be displayed in the 2nd floor exhibition cases at the East Asia Library.  An opening reception will be held on the evening of June 6, 2019.