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Empowered Chinese Femininity: GIRLS (2007-2017) by Acclaimed Chinese Artist Luo Yang
Empowered Chinese Femininity: GIRLS (2007-2017) by Acclaimed Chinese Artist Luo Yang
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(c) Luo Yang, Beijing Couple, 2011
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LUO YANG_GIRLS

This book comprises the most beautiful, disturbing and fascinating images from Luo Yang's internationally acclaimed series GIRLS (2007-2017), as seen on BBC, ARTE Journal or Huffington Post

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).

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THE BOOK IN FACTS:

This compilation, published in a stunning silk-lined hardcover, is scheduled to be released by a renowned publishing house in Vienna in November 2017, reaching international bookstores in Spring 2018.  All texts are presented bilingually in English & Mandarin.
  • 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
The Book's Cover: Detail of Luo's image "Xi Yuan" from 2017
The Book's Cover: Detail of Luo's image "Xi Yuan" from 2017

"GIRLS"

(c) Luo Yang, Pi Pi, 2015
(c) Luo Yang, Pi Pi, 2015
     
(c) Luo Yang, Jin Jing, 2015
(c) Luo Yang, Jin Jing, 2015

 

(c) Luo Yang, Jiang Mi, 2011
(c) Luo Yang, Jiang Mi, 2011

 

 

(c) Luo Yang, Jiang Mi, 2011
(c) Luo Yang, Jiang Mi, 2011

 

(c) Luo Yang, Pi Pi (Highway), 2015
(c) Luo Yang, Pi Pi (Highway), 2015

 

 

(c) Luo Yang. Ro Ro, 2014
(c) Luo Yang. Ro Ro, 2014

 

(c) Luo Yang, Mao Er, 2017
(c) Luo Yang, Mao Er, 2017

 

(c) Luo Yang, Xu La Di, 2017. The Chinese characters read "Carpe Diem"
(c) Luo Yang, Xu La Di, 2017. The Chinese characters read "Carpe Diem"

  

INTERNATIONAL PRESS on Luo Yang:

BBC NEWS: Photographer Luo Yang Captures China's New Generation of Girls

THE HUFFINGTON POSTEmpowered 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 

IGNANT: Luo Yang Captures a New Generation of Chinese Women

MIRRORED SOCIETY: Luo Yang. An Exploration of the New Chinese Woman (great bilingual interview with Luo!)

STITCH: GIRLS - Luo Yang

JUXTAPOZ: Luo Yang's Photographs of Chinese Women Reveal Duality of Fragility and Inner Strength. 

FEATURESHOOT: Intimate and Defiant Portraits of GIRLS in Present-Day China

We would like to express our heartfelt thanks to LoReLi and Thilo Fuchs for creating wonderful video-footage of Luo at work!

(c) Luo Yang, The Cabinet, 2007
(c) Luo Yang, The Cabinet, 2007

 

Luo Yang
Luo Yang

 

Luo Yang & Eva Morawietz, Beijing 2017
Luo Yang & Eva Morawietz, Beijing 2017

 

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.
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    Gratitude & Exclusive Invitations: Don't have much to spend, but still want to support the project? At €1, you'll have our eternal gratitude, plus you receive regular updates on Luo Yang's work, the book's progress, and exclusive invites to her shows! Additionally, you receive (as will all backers) invitations to the book launch in Vienna in November this year.

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    GIRLS-Postcard from China

    Receive a GIRLS-postcard from China, with a personal note, handwritten & signed by Luo Yang!

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    Book - Signed by Luo Yang

    Receive the book before it reaches international book-stores, as well as our eternal gratitude for your preorder and helping this fabulous publication come to life!
    Luo Yang will sign your copy and send it to you fresh from the presses.
    No extra shipping costs :)

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    Book - Signed, and Mention as Donor

    Preorder of the book and mention as donor: Receive the book before it reaches international book-stores, as well as an honorable mention in the book for helping this fabulous publication come to life!
    Luo Yang will sign your copy and send it to you fresh from the presses.
    No extra shipping costs :)

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    Book - Limited Edition with Work-Print

    Limited Edition of the book holding a Work-Print, plus mention of donor in the book.

    What's a Work-Print??
    Layout and printing process involve so-called "work-prints" which are created for inspection by the artist in order to ensure utmost color- and paper-quality. In this special edition of only 80 books, each copy will hold a unique work-print of ONE of the images featured in the publication!

    Size of the work-print is circa A6 (= 10.5x14.8 cm or 4.13x5.83 inches). Each work-print will be signed by Luo Yang. You can choose your personal work-print in the order in which you place your pledge - so first come first serve :)
    After the campaign is over, we'll provide you with a list of all images to choose from. Or you can let us know right away if a particular image caught your eye!

    In addition, you will be mentioned in the book for your honorable contribution!

    No shipping costs here!

    (Limited to 80 copies in total, counting single pledges AND triple packages, pls. s. next pledge below)

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    3 Copies of the Book with Work-Print

    Preorder of 3 Limited Editions of the Book in total, each holding a Work-Print.

    What's a Work-Print?
    Layout and printing process involve so-called "work-prints" which are created for inspection by the artist in order to ensure utmost color- and paper-quality. In this special edition of only 80 books, each copy will hold a unique work-print of ONE of the images featured in the publication!

    Size of the work-print is circa A6 (= 10.5x14.8 cm or 4.13x5.83 inches). Each work-print will be signed by Luo Yang. You can choose your personal work-print in the order in which you place your pledge - so first come first serve :)
    After the campaign is over, we'll provide you with a list of all images to choose from. Or you can let us know right away if a particular image caught your eye!

    In addition, you will be mentioned in the book for your honorable contribution!

    No shipping costs here!

    (Limited to 80 copies in total, counting single pledges (s. above) AND this triple-package option here)

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    Book and Limited Edition Art-Print

    We have selected 10 of Luo's most acclaimed GIRLS, to be viewed here: http://luoyangphoto.com/ks-campain/

    As part of this campaign, each of these ten works will be offered for the special price of 1,080 €. You receive the book, together with your fine art print and an authenticity certificate, signed by Luo Yang. Size of the artworks: circa 35x50 cm / 13.77x19.68 inches.

    Each image comes in a limited edition of 6 (+2 AP), but only one of these will be offered for this special price!!! So be sure to secure your favorite work before it is gone!

    For a view of Luo's "Kickstarter-edition", go to:
    http://luoyangphoto.com/ks-campain/

    Once you have selected your favorite, drop us a line with your preference and we will reserve your personal print for you.

    Please note: all images come without frames.

    Not to forget: of course, you will be mentioned in the book as an honorable donor. And NO shipping costs here either :))

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