Artist Residency Programme
Lana Z. Caplan
These works look at the rapidly changing landscape of China and how this change is impacting the people living here. In the city of Beijing, old and new China exist side by side and sometimes the puzzle pieces don’t quite fit together. In "Beijing Spirit", fantasy and reality meet somewhere between the bicycle and the BMW lifestyle.
In the tourist destination Huangshan (Yellow Mountain), another aspect of changing China is explored through the voices of the local people who work on the mountain. In recent years, there has been a large campaign by the board of tourism to bring people to visit "The Loveliest Mountain of China". The breathtaking ever-changing beauty of the mountain, with floating clouds, dramatic light and stunning color, is now a landscape saturated with throngs of tourists, tour guides with microphones, and an increasing number of hotels, concrete paths and signposts. On one vertical screen, views of the natural beauty are shown as moving video paintings with changing light and fog moving through the image. This screen resembles the traditional Chinese ink brush paintings of this landscape. On the other vertical screen, there are individual portraits of several local people (ie: a tour guide, a painter, hotel employees) answering questions about their relationship to the mountain and the tourism that creates their jobs. Together these two views attempt to make a more complete image of the current landscape of Huangshan.
Lana Z. Caplan received her BA with Honors in Boston University, then a MFA in Massachusetts College of Art. She has been teaching at Massachusetts College of Art since 2005.
She has solo showed her work at Revolving Museum, Boston Center for the Arts, Gallery NAGA, Boston Artists Foundation, Danforth Museum of Art, Boston Photographic Resource Center, and exhibited her work in numerous group exhibitions in Philadelphia, Santa Monica, Camden, Gimli, San Francisco, North Adams, New Delhi, Tel Aviv-Yafo, Santa Fe, Córdoba, Buenos Aires, Valparaiso,
Puebla, Barcelona, etc.
She has received awards and grants including Puffin Foundation Grant, James and Audrey Foster Prize Nominee, Massachusetts College of Art International Travel Grant, Photography NOW Merit Award, Massachusetts Cultural Council Development Grant.
Her works have been in several public collections including Simmons College, William Benton Museum, the Boston Athenæum, Boston Public Library.