Just over 40 years ago, marriage in China was arranged by the state – romantic love was seen as a capitalist concept and was not allowed. Wedding photography consisted of one black and white passport photo of the couple as proof of the marriage. Now, China has fallen in love with love and its exploding wedding industry is worth 80 billion dollars. Pre-wedding photography is one of the most significant and curious parts, and something every couple marrying in China is eager to partake of. Up to a year before the wedding, every couple participates in elaborate shoots complete with fantasy costumes and backdrops. Not only are they proof of forthcoming marriage, but proof of the new era of love, romance, freedom, money and the new China dream.
Olivia Martin-McGuire will share with us her exploration of the pre-wedding photography industry in China today, focusing on her latest photography series and documentary film China Love.
Olivia will be in conversation with Dr Kiu-wai Chu, Postdoctoral Research Fellow of Australia-China Institute for Arts and Culture, Western Sydney University.
There will be a lucky draw and two free tickets for the screening of China Love. For more about the screening, please visit Sydney Film Festival website.
Limited seats. RSVP essential. Please RSVP on Eventbrite before Monday, 11 Jun 2018.