Luo's GIRLS belong to a part of contemporary China that is rarely taken note of in the West. Her portraits depict an emerging Chinese subculture that defies imposed expectations and stereotypes: GIRLS are badassed and self-aware with a supreme sense of cool, yet also insecure, vulnerable and torn. Luo photographs the girls around her, attempting to grasp an understanding of their lives as well as her own. Although different, they share the same ambivalent emotions, confusions and concerns. It is in that connection that Luo finds the strength and fragility of her subject.
“By shooting girls I understand their life better and it makes my own world bigger and wider. We might have different values and worldviews, but what we have in common are a fragility and braveness inside of us. We face the world with our sincerity.” (Luo Yang)
Borne from this intuitive dialogue with her subjects, Luo’s images are bold and honest, intimate and sensitive at the same time. Her work explores the themes of youth and femininity, while challenging traditional beliefs about women in Chinese society.
ABOUT US: LUO YANG & MO
Luo Yang, born 1984 in Liaoning Province in China's northeast, is a freelance photographer living and working in Beijing & Shanghai. One of the "rising stars of Chinese photography" (New Statesman, 2012), she has had numerous exhibitions in China and participated in major shows in Europe, amongst them Ai Weiwei’s “FUCK OFF 2” at the Groninger Museum, Netherlands, in 2013. Solo exhibitions in Berlin and Hong Kong have since contributed to her international recognition. In her work, highly staged portraits and carefully constructed poses alternate with a raw, blurred snapshot-aesthetic. She works with film cameras only, deliberately slowing down the creative process and focusing on a particular moment itself rather than on elaborating and refining an image in post-production.
MO-Industries is a POP-UP gallery staging cultural exchange between Asia and the West. It is a young venture that started at the end of 2015. Luo Yang and MO have been a team since the beginning of 2016, working closely on internationally showcasing Luo Yang's work, while scouting & introducing other exciting artists from China to the West (and vice versa).
Please support us in realising this beautiful project!
THE BOOK IN FACTS:
- Hardcover (Printed Silk)
- Size: 22.5 x 27.5 cm
- Pages: ca. 160
- Number of Images: ca. 80
- Essay: ca. 4200 words by Eva Morawietz
- Language: English / Mandarin
INTERNATIONAL PRESS on Luo Yang:
THE HUFFINGTON POST: Empowered Young Women Star in These Portraits of Chinese Girlhood
ARTE JOURNAL: Photographie: Les jeunes femmes de la Chine nouvelle
SPIEGEL ONLINE: GIRLS-Ausstellung von Chinesin Luo Yang
LE JOURNAL INTERNATIONAL: La photographe Chinoise Luo Yang brise la tradition
MIRRORED SOCIETY: Luo Yang. An Exploration of the New Chinese Woman (great bilingual interview with Luo!)
STITCH: GIRLS - Luo Yang
We would like to express our heartfelt thanks to LoReLi and Thilo Fuchs for creating wonderful video-footage of Luo at work!
Risks and challenges
This project has been a labor of love and dedication for years, so it's exciting to be so close to holding this book in our hands! We expect all to go smoothly. Our publisher is on schedule and the prints will be created by us, in-house.
Thank you for your support!
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