Contemporary Photomedia in China


My name is Carol Carter and I am an Australian secondary art teacher, Head Teacher of Creative and Performing Arts at Whitebridge High School, Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia. I teach visual arts from years 7-12, as well as ceramics, photography and digital media.

I am the recipient of the NSW Premier's Contemporary Art Scholarship in 2011 which is awarded to one teacher in New South Wales to undertake a research project in contemporary art. I have chosen to research photomedia in China, as this is a specialist area of my teaching. The NSW Premier's Contemporary Art Scholarship is generously supported by Dr Gene Sherman AM and Brian Sherman AM, David and Angela Kent and the Nelson Meers Foundation. It has allowed me to travel to China in 2012 to study the use of photomedia in contemporary Chinese art and its relevance to the critical study of contemporary art practice by senior secondary students.

I have researched a number of contemporary artists from the major centres of Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong who use a range of photomedia techniques and approaches in order to provide interpretative material for use by students and staff. This website has been developed for this purpose.

I have witnessed a growing interest in photomedia in education, evidenced by significant increases in photomedia works for the NSW Higher School Certificate. Photomedia is also becoming a major relevant cross-disciplinary expression of new art from China. The Chinese artists that I am particularly interested in use a mix of old and new technologies to produce often monumental works that rival painted works. I have seen works made from large format film, using cameras from the earliest days of photography, scanned and printed on a scale rarely seen in Australia. It is a very exciting time as the conceptual meaning of these works is also becoming powerful as these young artists gain maturity in their work and clarity of intention. Often political, these works have the potential to change belief systems.

Carol Carter