Joseph Wolek

November 1, 2001 - December 1, 2001

Restaurant, Lanzhou Gansu Province
1999

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Sports Center Clubhouse, Qiqihar Heilongjiang Province
1999

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Nature Reserve Office, Qiqihar Heilongjiang Province
1999

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Regional Communist Party Headquarters Conference Room, Xilinhot, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region
1999

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Grocery Store, Hulun Buir Lake, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region
1999

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Restaurant Baotou, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region 1999
1999

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Police Dormitory, Xian Shaanxi Province
1999

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Internet and Copy Shop, Lanzhou Gansu Province
1999

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Corner Store, Dongying Shendong Province
1999

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Bus Station Cafe, Xining Qinghai Province
1999

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Hotel Lobby, Harbin Heilongjiang Province
1999

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Joseph Wolek

In his provocative series “Loose Wanderings in a Rigid Terrain” Wolek travels to the northern and western regions of China flanked by the Mongolian and Tibetan plateaus to create images that explore the relationships between nature, civilization, and the ideal in a new global market economy. His brilliant color photographs of interiors, show walls decorated with posters or murals depicting the idyllic version of natural beauty. These posters in many ways advertise what doesn’t exist, and the contradictions and contrasts surrounding our interpretation of contemporary landscape against and within human-made space are explored in Wolek’s images.