MOYI 1983-89 is a photobook accompanying the exhibitions “Eighties Part1: Fathers and Old Landscapes" (April 7-22, 2015) and "Eighties Part2 "MOYI: 1987-1989" by Chinese photographer Mo Yi at Zen Foto Gallery. The book features photographs by Mo Yi from the 1980s, including his earliest works "Old Landscapes" and the "Fathers" series, as well as representative works of "Riot/Disturbance" (also known as "My Illusory City"), "1m, The Scenery Behind Me" and "Swing Bus". This edition includes texts by Mo Yi, photographer Kazuo Kitai, and publisher Mark Pearson in Japanese, English and Chinese language.

― Statement from publisher

Book Size
215 x 153 mm
144 pages, 123 images
Publication Date
English, Japanese, Chinese

Artist Profile


Born in Tibet in 1958, Mo Yi is a professional football player turned artist. Widely recognised as one of the most important artists of Chinese Contemporary Photography that emerged from 1980s, Mo captures the alienation and oppression of urban life in China, often with the artist intervening and appearing in the image. Mo has exhibited in many institutions and art festivals, including Museum für Fotografie (Berlin, Germany, 2017), Three Shadow Photography Art Centre (Beijing, China, 2010), and the seminal travelling exhibition “Between Past and Future: New Photography and Video from China” (International Centre of Photography, New York, USA, 2004-2006). Mo’s work is included in the collections of the Chinese Image and Video Archive (Canada), Guangdong Museum of Art (China), Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (U.S.A), and the Walther Collection (USA).

Gallery Exhibitions