Shanghai, Bamboo Artspace

Photographers Xu Guofeng and Kang Kai take the theme of traditional Chinese opera to tackle contemporary subjects such as pop culture and modern society in their latest collaboration, Memoirs of a Butterfly. In its heyday Chinese Opera was regarded as popular art, but as the globalization of world economies and as Western culture pervades the East, pop culture has become a prevalent form of both lifestyle and artistic expression in modern China.

Under the premise of the stylized forms of Chinese opera the two artists hone in on the key aspects of modern society: leisure, fashion, innovation and relaxation as they rework “Classic” styles and deconstruct old patterns in order to present them in a modern update.


June 13 through July 9, 2009
No.20 Moganshan Road
200060 Shanghai
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