Opens Jan 17, 6-8p:
Pace Gallery, 510 and 534 W25th St., NYC (two locations)
A two-venue exhibition of the acclaimed Chinese conceptual artist Song Dong, known for his works that combine aspects of performance, video, photography, painting, installation, and sculpture. The gallery at 534 W25th Street will present eighteen of Song’s works, spanning from 1994 to the present. The gallery at 510 W25th Street will center on a new installation by the artist, expanding on his project for Documenta 13. – thru Feb 23
Project: Chinese “Local” Roman “Local”
Like many other large cities, Rome has a great population of Chinese immigrants. The population mainly concentrates around area near Piazza Vittorio and Termini. In this Roman “China-town”, they sell goods imported from China and open up Chinese restaurants. This project consisted of 10 diptychs is intended to compare Chinese immigrants to locals in Rome-their community activities, their business/occupations, and their daily life. Through dyptyched photos, the isolated and awkward cultural situation of Chinese immigrants in its Roman context is revealed.
Self Portrait | Portrait of Mom
My mom was visiting Rome during the week I was doing portrait assignment. By doing both self portrait and portrait of my mom, I found it really interesting to pair up the portraits, and it reveals the difference between daughter and mom.
For self portrait, I did a serie of me putting on skincare and make-up in the morning. I used the cream bottles and mascara to frame the portrait.
For the portrait of my mom, I used the window light of our apartment. I like how the light shows the profile line of her.
2011.10 fall break | Copenhagen
Good morning Copenhagen. Thanks for the gold and blue.
It was taken in front of the church of St.Maria Madalena. The church is facing a piazza, with fancy restaurants and decent-looking people. But she leaned on the black iron gate of the church. When there were tourists coming out of the church, she looked up to beg for money. When they left, she looked down to count the coins.
2011.09.26|Northern Italy Trip Venezia
I remember taking the vaporatto at night-the city was dead; no portico occupied and restaurants were closing. I wondered if I could actually find some people who actually live in Venice.
So I stayed at a campo on the other day and waited. Around dusk, several kids came out with their moms, playing on the piazza. In the photo, one of them was dancing, and the other was chalking on the ground. It was a nice moment. Through this little glimpse of the kids, I tried to imagine the life of local people in Venice.
Another thing about street photograph, or maybe photograph in general, is that, it is really genuine, and sometimes purely documentary, since moments cannot be constructed or thought in advance, unlike what Takashi Homma’s “half-genuine and half-invention” photographs. Subjects are not posing, and sometimes I just wish my eyes can be my camera so that I can capture when I blink.