China: Back to the Future

Brenda Hoffert

The new, shiny China, unabashedly proud of its love affair with western culture, lives alongside a China still steeped in antiquity. Brenda Hoffert, intrigued by the ancient and modern aspects of this venerable superpower, has used images from her recent visit to create a series of photomontages illustrating these contrasts. “Attend the present to deal with the past: Thus you grasp the continuity of the Way, which is its essence.”—Lao Tzu, Daodejing