Qin Ga, “Site 22: Mao Zedong Temple,” 2005.
The Long March (October 1934 – October 1935) was a military retreat undertaken by the Red Army of the Communist Party of China. The First Front Army of the Chinese Soviet Republic, was on the brink of annihilation by Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek's troops in their stronghold in Jiangxi province. The Communists, under the eventual command of Mao Zedong and Zhou Enlai, escaped in a circling retreat to the west and north, which reportedly traversed over 9,000 kilometers (5600 miles) over 370 days. The route passed through some of the most difficult terrain of western China by traveling west, then north, to Shaanxi.
The Long March began Mao Zedong's ascent to power, whose leadership during the retreat gained him the support of the members of the party. The bitter struggles of the Long March, which was completed by only about one-tenth of the force that left Jiangxi, would come to represent a significant episode in the history of the Communist Party of China, and would seal the personal prestige of Mao Zedong and his supporters as the new leaders of the party in the following decades.
“In 2002, participants in the Long March Project began a “Walking Visual Display” along the route of China’s historic, six-thousand-mile Long March. As the team undertook the arduous journey, Beijing-based artist Qin kept in close contact with them and tracked the group’s route, with needle and ink, on a tattooed map on his back. Three years later, Qin continued the trek where the original marchers had left off. He was accompanied by three cameramen, who recorded their movements over unremittingly demanding terrain and a tattoo artist, who continually updated the groups progress on Qin’s back.”
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The #March series by John Lewis is the perfect thing to read the day after the #NoMoore Alabama decision, especially given the breakdown of race in the polls. Black people leading the change and progress (as usual)! So sad that like in the 60’s, we aren’t nearly as united as we should be. #currentlyreading
A Snow Sunset
I think it’s time…
So a few weeks ago I talked about how I have something planned and I wasn’t ready to share it for personal reasons that could affect me. I said that I won’t be talking about until I felt the time was right or until it was near to the time. But, I have decided to share what it is, I feel the time is right and I am also very excited to share it! I am thinking about talking about it on Instagram Live, I don’t go live a lot on Instagram so I really want to start doing it more especially in March time!
Belle went out for her first walk on the lead today! She was nervous at points which makes sense as this is all new to her but she seemed to enjoy the open space and the feeling of freedom! She was quite spooked at passing cars but it is something she’ll just get used to eventually! •
Some of these snow images that I captured the other day are some of my favorites! I love how well my preset works with the blue sky and the white of the snow! Most of the snow has now melted and it rained a lot today which also melted most of the snow. I can’t wait to explain to you all what is going on in March, I am really looking forward to it!…
This weekend we celebrated the work of the SoA studios with our first ever end-of-semester open studio reception & discussion, EX-CHANGE. Thanks to our special guest critics, Trey Trahan of @trahanarchitects & @aaronbetsky who reviewed the work, our student/faculty moderators Kelly Li, Ernest Bellamy, Talia Perry, Anthony Nitche, Kyle Wing, and Matt Huber for coordinating a meaningful discussion, students who shared their work throughout the week on our Instagram #StudentTakeover , and studios for their great work this fall! 🎉