This is a spur-of-the-moment photograph taken on the streets of New York. It is sucient for a foreign visitor to show that he has been to America with such a photograph. Similarly, to enquire into the concept of the United States from the perspective of China is not unlike this photograph: an image of clarity, but one preventing deeper access. To China, the United States remains an other, even though this other has been around for nearly a century now. In this exhibition, the States will be present—as both an “other,” and a “witness” to this event of story-telling.