As part of this year’s Hariban Award 2021 program,  we were grateful to have the chance to interview Juror Yanyou Yuan Di, Founder of Jiazazhi Press/Library. Yanyou shared with us his introduction to photography, his influences and his thoughts on contemporary art and publishing in China today. 


 “It seems that in Japan, Europe and the United States, there is still a very dogmatic expectation that Contemporary Chinese Art acts as a form of “sexual liberation”, “documentation of poverty in China”, “struggle against the system”, “imagination of traditional China”, etc. There are indeed many excellent contemporary artists and artworks in China, so I hope that through my publication projects, everyone can learn more about Chinese art and the country itself.”   


ー Yanyou Yuan Di