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Opening: Tao Hua Yuan Ji

  • Philadelphia Photo Arts Center 1400 North American Street Philadelphia, PA, 19122 United States (map)
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Colette Fu will build the biggest pop-up book in the world inside PPAC’s Gallery. It will be approximately 13.75′ x 21′ x 58” and is inspired by Tao Yuanming, a Jin Dynasty (317-420) poet, who wrote of a traveler who came upon an isolated peach blossom valley beyond a cave where people seeking political refuge lived an ideal, harmonic life with nature and each other. Although villagers told the traveler not to tell of their location, he vainly marked his path and sent government officials who were unable to find it. To the Chinese, this story is metaphoric to an imaginary unattainable Utopia where the peach blossom symbolizes luck, love, and longevity, and to some – immortality.