Embassy of Ireland
3, Ritan Dong Lu Chaoyang District, Beijing
WITH DEEP REGRET, WE HAVE TO ANNOUNCE THAT DUE TO THE SPREAD OF THE EPIDEMIC IN BEIJING, OUR UPCOMING EVENT ON 5 MAY 2022 HAS TO BE CANCELLED.
AS SOON AS WE GET THE NEW DATE FOR THIS EVENT, WE WILL ANNOUNCE IT AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.
WE HIGHLY APPRECIATE YOUR UNDERSTANDING AND WE HOPE TO SEE YOU ALL VERY SOON.
In her book, CHINA – Harmony of Colours, photojournalist Annette Morheng casts light on the inherent significance of colours in the Chinese palette. She focuses primarily on the associations with colours in Chinese philosophy and history but also on how colour is applied in ethnic context. The photographs clearly show the pristine beauty of natural landscapes in China. She points out colours in modern megacities but is predominantly drawn to depicting unusual locations and minorities who are closely associated with certain hues.
In China, colour is much more than merely a design tool. Colours represent symbolic concepts that date back to ancient times, long-lost cultures, regions, and people. For centuries, the colour of clothes and other personal adornments, the use of colour in interior living space, even the colour of dishes that constitute a wholesome meal, was determined by the seasons and principles of Chinese philosophy and natural sciences.
Not surprisingly, colours retain their symbolic meaning in modern, creative China. In her lecture, Annette will elucidate how the use of colours mirrors the core belief that harmony outweighs confrontation. She will also allude how colourlessness influences language and behaviour and thus personal and economic relationships.
Annette’s book is an attempt to contribute to cultural mediation – a better understanding between East and West.
Originally from Luxemburg, Annette Morheng completed a Master in Communication and Psychology of Work and Organization in Munich, and has since worked as a journalist and intercultural communication consultant worldwide. Living in China for the last ten years, she travelled and took photos in nearly every province in China. She visited remote locations and encountered diverse ethnic minorities, always capturing her subjects’ mood and smiles with her camera.
In Beijing, Annette and her family live in a traditional courtyard house in the hutongs. As the founder and curator of Beijing Floor Art Gallery, she supports the creative talents of Chinese and international artists. Her photo exhibition depicting the eagle hunters of the Altai Mountains in Mongolia was showcased at the Green T. House in Beijing. Her recent publication entitled CHINA – Harmony of Colours, is a photographic celebration of the many facets of the Chinese colourful culture and smiling faces of a diverse nation.
We would like to remind you that it is necessary to register before each event by writing to info [at] beijinginternationalsociety.com
Registration will be closed when we reach the venue’s maximum capacity.
The very latest registration is midday (12.00 pm) on Tuesday 3 May 2022. We cannot accept RSVPs after this time.
BIS events are open to foreign passport holders only, please remember to bring your passport.
Reservations are valid only upon receipt of a confirmation email from BIS.
All BIS events are off-the-record. Photography, filming and recording are not permitted.
We would like to remind you that the annual membership is no longer available due to the uncertainty of these times. Hence, we welcome for a single lecture fee of RMB 100; students with valid ID RMB 50.
Registration desk will open at 18:15 for 19:00 lecture.