2017 | Warm-up

OCT 28, 2017 - FEB 27, 2018 | Anaïs Martane's Photography Solo Exhibition


—— Anaïs Martane’s Photography Solo Exhibition

Organizer: Three Shadows +3 Gallery

Curator: RongRong

Opening: 16:00, Oct 28, 2017

Opening Venue: Three Shadows +3 Gallery

Duration: 10:00-18:00, Oct 28, 2017 - Feb 27, 2018 

Address: Caochangdi 155A, Chaoyang District, Beijing 100015

Tele: 86-10-64319063

Email : info@plus3gallery.com


安娜伊思·马田 ,17/06/2002 北京-天通苑  | Anaïs Martane, 17/06/2002 Beijing-Tiantongyuan

It is a great honor for Three Shadows +3 Gallery to present this solo exhibition of the photographer Anaïs Martane. It consists of nearly 50 silver gelatin prints that capture the daily routine of young underground musicians in Beijing from 2002 to 2004, giving an intimate view of their lives off-stage.

Here, aided by RongRong's curation and Three Shadows' darkroom, we see how Anais eloquently froze the young musicians' joy and melancholy. As both Martane and many of her subjects were strangers to the city, they became friends and eventually like family. Reflecting on the works, RongRong said, “What you have shot is a series of works brimming with warmth and authenticity. They are impressively touching. These scenes are now gone forever. These youth, seen here in their halcyon days, have built their families and settled down, as have their obstinate and unruly hearts. But photography documented the initial sincereness of them. Perhaps this is the meaning of photography, the charm of film, and the significance of Three Shadows. I wish you to share those pieces with us.” 


安娜伊思·马田 ,25/01/2003 北京-单店  | Anaïs Martane, 25/01/2003 Beijing-Dandian


安娜伊思·马田 ,04/03/2003 北京-“豪运”演出地点  | Anaïs Martane, 04/03/2003 Beijing-"Get Lucky Bar" Performance Venue

Artist Statement


This is how I call this series of photographs from the moment I started in 2002. 

A group of Foreign students. A bar in Sanlitun.

A concert a friend found -- how, I do not know. Empty. Nobody but us. Listening for the first time the music from an ancient time -- the music of the Wild Children. It’s not pop. It’s not a fad. It’s just perfect. Some friends speak to the band. They have their own bar in the bar street of south Sanlitun.

"Come!" they say. 

Zhang Quan, Xiao Suo, Zhang Weiwei, Guo Long, Xiao He, Wan Xiao Li, etc. They were young, they were doing music -- sincere music -- and they were far from home. They broke boundaries and models. They were choosing their own life, finding freedom in their passion and their hard work. WE found in THEM the bridge to dive deep into this impenetrable Chinese world, sharing our love for Emir Kusturica and Manu Chao’s music of life. We became friends instantly.

I photographed THEM, learning about becoming an adult in a foreign country, learning photography and patience, learning about friendship and mostly tolerance. They were my family.
Now we all have kids and our own life. When we meet, the emotion of our shared youth time is still and always willbe alive. Some of my friends married THEM. Since I stop photographing THEM, now it’s becomes US.
These images are the reflection of their life from 2002 to 2004 with moments of happiness and tragedy. 

      Anaïs Martane


安娜伊思·马田 ,20/03/2003 北京-霍营  | Anaïs Martane, 20/03/2003 Beijing-Huoying


安娜伊思·马田 ,04/03/2003 北京-“豪运”演出地点  | Anaïs Martane, 04/03/2003 Beijing-"Get Lucky Bar" Performance Venue


安娜伊思·马田 ,12/03/2003 北京-三里屯某一个餐厅  | Anaïs Martane, 12/03/2003 Beijing-A Restaurant in Sanlitun


安娜伊思·马田 ,25/01/2003 北京-单店  | Anaïs Martane, 25/01/2003 Beijing-Dandian

About  Anaïs Martane


照片由Ying Chao拍摄 | Photographer: Ying Chao

Anaïs Martane is from Nice, France. She began learning Chinese at age 14 and continued to study the language at the National Institute for Oriental Languages and Civilizations (INALCO). In 2001, she arrived in China as a foreign student to study at Beijing Capital Normal University and started to photograph as a hobby. In 2002 she published her first images through Traffic d’Images, a young French photography agency. She went on to work as press photographer for several French and foreign newspapers like LiberationLe MondeTeleramaElle,and Marie Claire. After 2004 she started to work as portraitist for Time Magazine, which led to her first book“Chinese Portraits" published in both French and English and distributed worldwide. She photographed the youth of Beijing's underground music scene from 2002 to 2004. She has now lived in China for 16 years, she has since turned to producer of narrative cinema, theater and continues to work in multiple art diciplines.