Tseng Kwong Chi


Contemporary Chinese Photography


“In 1979 Tseng Kwong Chi put on a thrift store Mao-era suit to enter a ‘coat-and-tie’ restaurant in New York and was mistaken by the maitre d’ for a Chinese dignitary. The next year he successfully crashed the opening of the Ch’ing dynasty exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art - posing with the rich and famous as a Chinese Communist official. Tseng realized then that he had tapped into a profound theme - one that would drive his artistic career for the next eleven years - ‘the pervasive ignorance of Westerners regarding Asia generally and China specifically.’” (source; more samples)