Published by Skira. Photographs by Thomas Fuesser. Edited by Rosa Maria Falvo. Text by Jean Jean Loh, Shen Qilan, Lorenz Heibling.
The first intimate visual documentation of artists who have influenced and transformed the Chinese art scene over the last two decades. Since 1993, photographer Thomas Fuesser has developed close and enduring professional relationships with the artistic community in China. His striking portraits tell their stories by depicting their work and personalities and by documenting a part of contemporary history during a dynamic time in China. Recording the lives and thought processes of leading artists, such as Ding Yi, Liu Wei, Zhang Enli, Cai Guo-Qiang, Zhang Ding, Zeng Fanzhi, Wu Shanzhuan, Inga Svala Thorsdottir, Zhang Peili, Sun Xun, Chris Gill, Pu Jie, Yu Hong, Feng Mengbo, Ai Weiwei, MadeIn Company, and Zhou Tiehai, Short Cuts provides fascinating visual insight into the heart of Chinese society.
Thomas Fuesser has produced several major series of portraits of important figures in the art, cinema, and cultural worlds. He has participated in many exhibitions across China and internationally. Rosa Maria Falvo is a writer and curator specializing in Asian contemporary art and photography. Lorenz Helbling opened ShanghART gallery in 1996, one of the first private galleries in Shanghai and one of China’s most influential art institutions. Jean Loh is one of Shanghai’s most widely respected curators of photography. Shen Qilan is the chief editor of arts and director of international projects for the Shanghai Insight Media Company.