Associate Professor of Art History Stephen J. Goldberg presented a paper at the 11th Philosophers’ Conference at the East-West Center in Honolulu on May 25. The theme of the conference was “Place.”
In “The Fate of Place and Memory in the Art of Yun-Fei Ji,” the works of the Chinese painter Yun-Fei Ji (b. 1963, Beijing) were shown to draw upon the tradition of Chinese landscape painting and practice of fengshui. Goldberg said that Ji’s work offers a timely optic through which to critically examine the fate of a sense of place and the cherished memories that it holds for countless individuals and communities in the rural villages in China.
Goldberg said, “Resisting the ‘siren call of amnesia,’ Ji’s paintings bare witness and testify to his personal experience of the increasing disappearance of place and the displacement and forced migrations of these peoples, known as foucao, or ‘floating weeds,’ and to the environmental effects of industrial pollution in the waters and air of rural China.”