Chinese contemporary photography has promoted the beginning of the change of photography with the creations and exhibitions of "Conceptual Photography" since the mid-1990s, at that time, the collaboration between the artist's behavioral expression and photography became common and significant, and the dramatic rehearsal of reality also gained more space to play. To some extent, Chinese contemporary photography after this time showed openness and examination at the language level. A group of artists after 2000 have also participated a lot in directing-oriented photography consecutively.
Since the first decade of the new century, in view of the use of photography in institutional practice and special history, artists have continued to expose and re-understand the significance of photography in history and reality. Therefore, the use of ready-made images recreation, such as archive images, has also become the main practice of some artists, and many influential works have appeared. Attention and reflection to the screen as a living space and new reality has motivated artists' creations on stratification practices in image, screen, identity, image production, and network relations.
Photos as realistic dramas or historical evidence, display the intermediary space as well as the nomadic sense of discourse space.
The 18 artists (groups) participating in this exhibition are active in the practice of photography that has been open since 2000. Their creations set up no media barriers, but echo to the past and present by the information within there.
"Stratification and Synthesis" are two common actions in Photoshop software which used as the name here is to describe the change and practice of contemporary photography in the past 20 years. Stratification refers to the fission of photography, including image collaboration composed of multiple media such as archives, family albums, image narratives, screen captures, texts, etc. This is not only a texture analysis between the relationship of images and power, but also a montage and citation of historical images, as well as an identity exhibition and genetic archaeology of images in screen space. Synthesis shows the opposite direction. Based on reality, by setting the plot, scene, comprehensive rehearsal, and behavioral expression, it forms a set of landscapes that are not only related to the photography but also carry a strong consciousness of problems to synthesize the metaphors of reality.