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Book Launch + Reading + Exhibition

»The Magic of YUANFEN«

Searching for Masters of Healing and Ancient Chinese Wisdom

Stefanie Schweiger & Phoebe Hui

Dorothée Nilsson Gallery is pleased to invite you to the Book Launch of »The Magic of YUANFEN – Searching for Masters of Healing and Ancient Chinese Wisdom« by Stefanie Schweiger (Photography & Text) and Phoebe Hui (Text), published by Kerber Verlag.

“The Magic of YUANFEN is an amazing trip through a China that most people—foreign or local—rarely see. It is a world of shamans and priests, mysterical energy lines and high peaks, reclusive hermits and warm human interactions. A quest to understand China’s spiritual traditions, it is also a book with universal value, its texts and photos working together seamlessly to reveal the wonder that underlies the human condition.”
Ian Johnson, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Souls of China: The Return of Religion After Mao

The book will be presented as part of an pop-up exhibition and a reading.
For a first impression listen to excerpts on SoundCloud read by Franziska Hartmann and Sina Martens.

Stefanie Schweiger and Phoebe Hui set out in search of ancient wisdom, hidden worlds, alternative medicine and faith in China. In words and pictures they tell stories about encounters with Chinese masters of healing and their teachings. Their paths lead them to Buddhist secret societies, shamans, hermits, Taoists, herbalists, Tibetan doctors, Bimos, Feng Shui experts and monks. They explore whether wisdom passed down for thousands of years can be reconciled with modern life in contemporary China. The book lays out a nuanced panorama of China’s diverse beliefs, much of which is virtually unknown in the West.

The research for The Magic of YUANFEN was funded by the “Crossing Borders” program of the Robert Bosch Foundation and Literarisches Colloquium Berlin.
The Magic of YUANFEN © Stefanie Schweiger
The Magic of YUANFEN © Stefanie Schweiger
The Magic of YUANFEN © Stefanie Schweiger
The Magic of YUANFEN © Stefanie Schweiger
The Magic of YUANFEN © Stefanie Schweiger
The Magic of YUANFEN © Stefanie Schweiger
The Magic of YUANFEN © Stefanie Schweiger
The Magic of YUANFEN © Stefanie Schweiger
The Magic of YUANFEN © Stefanie Schweiger
The Magic of YUANFEN © Stefanie Schweiger
The Magic of YUANFEN © Stefanie Schweiger
The Magic of YUANFEN © Stefanie Schweiger
The Magic of YUANFEN © Stefanie Schweiger
DOROTHÉE NILSSON GALLERY

Dec 3, 2019
Book Launch: Tuesday, Dec 3, 2019, 7 pm
Held in English & German.

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Potsdamer Straße 65, 10785 Berlin
[District: Tiergarten | Borough: Mitte]

Opening hours: Wed – Sat 12 – 6 pm, and by appointment

Admission free

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