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    BEIJING SILVERMINE ARCHIVE

    BEIJING SILVERMINE ARCHIVE

    Beijing Silvermine is an archive of half a million negatives salvaged over the last seven years from a recycling plant on the edge of Beijing. Assembled by the French collector and artist Thomas Sauvin, Beijing Silvermine offers a unique photographic portrait of the Chinese capital and the life of its inhabitants in the decade following the Cultural Revolution.

    It covers a period of 20 years, from 1985, namely when silver film started being used massively in China, to 2005, when digital photography started taking over. These 20 years are those of China’s economic opening, when people started prospering, travelling, consuming, having fun.

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      Since 2009, the French collector and artist Thomas Sauvin has embarked on an unusual adventure: salvaging discarded negatives from a recycling plant on the edge of Beijing that were destined to destruction. Today it encompasses over half a million of anonymous photographs spanning the period from 1985 to 2005, reconstructing then a large part of the history of popular analogue photography in China.

      EXHIBITIONS

      2020
      « Until Death Do Us Part » & « World Park », Breda Photo, The Netherlands
      « Kensuke Koike & Thomas Sauvin – No More No Less », Festival Images, Vevey, Switzerland
      « Kensuke Koike & Thomas Sauvin – No More No Less », IMA Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

      2019
      « The World Park », Insitut pour la Photographie, Lille, France
      « World Park », Collective exhibition « LOVELOVELOVE: A Journey in LOVE », Today Art Museum, Beijing, China
      « Until Death Do Us Part », Collective exhibition « Probabilité 0.33 », Musée Nicéphore Niépce, Chalon-sur-Saône, France

      2018
      « No More No Less » (collab. Kensuke Koike), Salon Approche, Paris, France
      « Until Death Do Us Part », Collective exhibition « Probabilité 0.33 », Marseille Provence 2018, Marseille, France
      « From publications to exhibition », Festival Portraits, Vichy, France
      « On This Day » (collab. Klara Källström & Thobias Fäldt, FG2 Gallery, Gothenburg, Sweden

      2017
      « No More No Less » (collab. Kensuke Koike), Guangdong Museum of Art Image Triennial, Guangzhou, China
      Collective exhibition « Autophoto », Fondation Cartier, Paris, France

      2016
      Hand-Colored, Singapore International Photography Festival, Singapore
      Hand-Colored, Festival Images, Vevey, Switzerland
      Beijing Silvermine, Promenades photographiques, Vendôme, France
      Retrieved , SF Camera works, San Francisco, USA

      2015
      Clap your hands, Hubei Museum of Art, Wuhan, China
      Until Death Do Us Part + Beauty and the Beast, CAFA, Beijing, China

      2014
      Silvermine + Lunar Caustic + Recycled, Gallery Paris-Beijing, Brussels, Belgium
      Silvermine: by the water, Festival Images, Vevey, Switzerland
      Archive State, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, USA
      Beijing Silvermine, 4A Center for Contemporary Asian Art, Sydney, Australia

      2013
      Beijing Silvermine, Salt Yard, Hong Kong
      Beijing Silvermine, FORMAT Photo festival, Derby, United Kingdom

      2012
      Beijing Silvermine, Singapore International Photo Festival, Singapore
      Photographic Oddities from the AMC, Caochangdi Photo Festival, Beijing, China

      2011
      Beijing Silvermine, Dali Photo Festival, Dali, China

      AWARD AND SHORTLISTS

      • Until Death Do Us Part / 双喜

      2019
      Entered the collection of Centre Pompidou, 2019

      2018
      Showed in the inaugural hang of the Victoria & Albert museum’s new Photography Centre « A History of Photography: Daguerreotype to Digital » from october 2018 to september 2020

      2016
      Nominated for the Best Photobook at the Fotobook Festival, Kassel, Germany
      Selected as one of the “Greatest Photo Books of All Time” by Source Photographic Review issue N°88, 2016

      2015
      Selected as one of the Photo-Eye Best Books, 2015
      Selected as one of the New York Times Best Photobooks, 2015

      • Silvermine Albums

      2019
      Entered the collection of Centre Pompidou

      2016
      Selected as one of the “Greatest Photo Books of All Time” by Source Photographic Review issue N°88

      2014
      Nominated for the Deutsche Börse Foundation Photography Prize

      2013
      Nominated for the Best Photobook at the Fotobook Festival, Kassel, Germany
      Shortlisted for the Paris Photo Aperture Foundation First Photobook Award, France

      • METV

      2019
      Entered the collection of Centre Pompidou

      • Quanshen / 全身

      2019
      Entered the collection of Centre Pompidou

      2013
      Selected as one of the Photo-Eye Best Books, 2013

      • Thomas Sauvin - Beijing Silvermine