Yanziyan, the last shanty town in Chongqing's Yuzhong district, is 500 meters away from Qixinggang subway station. At present, the demolition of Yanziyan has already begun. It and this beautiful name will soon be turned into historical artifacts.
The name Yanziyan is not recorded in history. This was once a landfall beside the Long River. There were crowds of people living after the liberation. Before this, there were no patches of land. There were only scattered shanties.
The rapid expansion of Chongqing's cities has made many original residents with nowhere to hide. On this deserted street, only this householder is left. To be honest, only this resident is left. The hotel has been there for 32 years, and now its owner is around 50 years old. Starting from his parents’ time, he was born in this place but now he does not know where to go in future.
Sight, Site 2018
‘To be naked is to be oneself. To be nude is to be seen naked by others and yet not recognized for oneself. A naked body has to be seen as an object in order to become a nude. (The sight of it as an object stimulates the use of it as an object.) Nakedness reveals itself. Nudity is placed on display（Berger, J）.’
It is obvious that the Chinese women are lacking in their body as to the oppressive and manipulation under a special Chinese environment. She wants to get self-redemption through the photograph, put the body in front of it and put the thoughts behind it. Using a satirical way to stimulate excessive female body consumption in Contemporary Chinese female naked photography. It also expresses the awakening of feminist under the highly developed political and male-dominated cultural background of China.
Loss and Found 2017
If considering the human brain like a mind palace, lost memories are like schools sealed in a locked chest. Memories would fade like a visitor walks out the construction, they could also be sealed within a carrier then being forgotten entirely. Combining the process of finding and unlocking is the only essential re-acknowledgement of the memory. I would present these dusty chests to you and we together shall co-work to open them. I hope my audiences would stand a chance, re-discover their lost memories through observation and thinking.
Memory of Brighton 2016
“Ambivalence and Coexistence” 2016
In China, where the economy is developing rapidly, urban planning and construction in every city have become the focus. The construction of a civilized city has always been one of the critical planning guidelines of the Chinese government. However, civilization is a natural collection of all social and natural acts that have freed humanity from barbarism, including at least the following elements: language, writing, beliefs, religious beliefs, family values, history, culture, and so forth. The familiar living environment of urban architecture is an essential carrier of the residents'life, and the rapid expansion of urbanization, what you can see are towering skyscrapers that leave the fragmented material and Cultural Heritage and old memories of the vast majority of the population submerged in the concrete jungle. Aggressive globalization has made the lives of the working people, who make up the bulk of the entire Chinese population, more marginalized and invisible. The disappearance of culture and the old life left most Chinese with nowhere to go and nowhere to hide.
“Nobody pays attention to all these objects we accumulate.” (William Carlos Williams)
Our life is a journey, both physically and emotionally. The difference is some people may march longer and further. This reminds me of Qingsan Chow, who travels alone with broad mind, roving eyes and a tender heart.
This set of photos was shot in Iceland. Iceland is a special place. It is an island country in North Atlantic and it sits at the intersection of the Atlantic ocean and the Arctic ocean. Covering an area of 103 thousand km², it house a population of 340 thousand, which is the lowest population density in Europe. Its capital is Reykjavik. With sparse population, solitary position in North Atlantic and harsh natural and social environment, people strive to live in this frost land fraught with frigid gusts, poverty and political exploitation, thus they have cultivated unique personality of solitude. During her time in Iceland, Qingsan Chow barely met local residents when strolling around the streets, so she laid her eyes on the incidental objects around residences indicating the existence of human being and civilization.
Observing these incidental objects, she naturally wondered who had possessed them, how they ended up here and who they belonged to at the moment.
“No one cares about what we use and what around us. We never pay heed to them, but I find them so charming.” She says.
There is a long-term tradition in photography so that she now focuses on common places and objects until artists pay attention to them. Photographers are like poets. They could get the ordinary from the world of facts up to the world of imagination. They could re-contextualize and reframe the ordinary, at the same time, offer a different view or expand another way of seeing something.