Diego Ferrari spent two months in Kunming with fellow London-based artist Dan Hays. During the fellowship Ferrari delivered a series of lectures in three different cities, met with artists, critics, architects, business people and professors of art in various universities, as well as creating works on his impressions of China which were exhibited at the end of the residency.
The work produced by Ferrari was influenced by the enormous cultural and economical shift that was happening in China and particularly in the urban landscapes and lives of people in Chongqing, Cheng Du and Kunming.
Ferrari used photography and experimented with four photographic techniques in four social areas. The artist created a series of portraits, Artists in their Studios, a series of photographs made using a 35mm manual camera, Chongqing City, Yunnan Province and One Hundred and Eight Lamas. The residency culminated in an exhibition titled Kunming Residents.
This body of work has since been presented in lectures in London, Barcelona, Italy and in Bucharest. The fellowship has created bodies of work based on new practices, which have in turn influenced projects Ferrari is developing.
Upriver Loft, Kunming, Yunnan Province, China was set up in 2001 by Ye Yong Qing and Zhang Xiaogang. It is a studio and gallery complex comprising 20 artists’ studios and a 2000 sq ft exhibition space. Upriver Loft promotes discussions and exchanges between local and international artists through a programme of residencies and exhibitions.