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Photographs of China’s Underground Catholic Church Come to Loyola
Set of 60 Photographs to Be Displayed in U.S. for First Time
CHICAGO, September 16, 2010 – The School of Communication at Loyola University Chicago is playing host to a remarkable set of photographs that document the underground Catholic Church in China. The 60 photos, taken by renowned Chinese documentary photographer Lu Nan, officially go on display on September 16 and are being exhibited for the first time in the United States.
Lu Nan’s work, which will be on display through the end of December, documents the actions of Catholic Chinese citizens who chose to go underground in 1949 when the Communist Party of China came to power. During this time, some state-sponsored Catholic churches remained, but many citizens chose to practice their faith behind closed doors and in secret.
“These photographs are both striking and stirring,” says Don Heider, dean of the School of Communication. “They show how people hold on to their faith, even under extraordinary conditions. The pieces in the show are very moving, and Lu Nan’s work represents documentary photography at its very best.”
Lu Nan, born in 1962 in Beijing, grew up during the Cultural Revolution. He has spent his career documenting humanitarian issues in and around China, and his subjects have included portraits of hospitalized mental patients, life in Tibet, and the Myanmar prison camps.
Loyola’s School of Communication is located at 51 E. Pearson, between Rush and Wabash. The exhibition, which can be found on the lower level of the building, is open to the public, and free of charge.
About the School of Communication
Located in downtown Chicago, one of the world’s great communication centers, the School of Communication provides an ideal setting for students looking to integrate study with practical application in the expanding field of communication. Students benefit from working with both a distinguished scholarly faculty and experienced communication professionals in journalism, media studies, documentary film production, cultural communication, and public advocacy. The school offers on-site production facilities, as well as proximity to Chicago’s vast production community, a 24-hour FM radio station, an award-winning student newspaper, and an extensive internship program.
About Loyola University Chicago
Committed to preparing people to lead extraordinary lives, Loyola University Chicago, founded in 1870, is the nation’s largest Jesuit, Catholic university. Enrollment is more than 15,800 students, which includes more than 10,000 undergraduates hailing from all 50 states and 82 countries. The University has four campuses: three in the greater Chicago area and one in Rome, Italy. Loyola also serves as the U.S. host university to The Beijing Center for Chinese Studies in Beijing, China. Loyola’s 10 schools and colleges include arts and sciences, business administration, communication, education, graduate studies, law, medicine, nursing, continuing and professional studies, and social work. Loyola offers 71 undergraduate majors, 71 undergraduate minors, 85 master’s degrees, and 31 doctoral degrees. Loyola is consistently ranked among the “top national universities” by U.S.News & World Report, and the University is among a select group of universities recognized for community service and engagement by prestigious national organizations, such as the Carnegie Foundation and the Corporation for National and Community Service. For more information about Loyola, please visit LUC.edu.