3 Encounters, 7 Buildings, and 2500 Grains of Rice
CURATED BY HE YINING
A graduate of the University of Westminster with a MA in Photographic Studies, Jiang follows in the footsteps of British photography theorist Victor Burgin in his interests in image and intertextuality and the way he integrates postmodern theories into photographic practices. Jiang is especially good at combining images, objects and texts in real-life arrangements. Her work is based on a tremendous amount of research in the fields of psychoanalysis and postmodern cultural studies, and it encourages viewers to activate artworks through their own readings and to reconsider the meaning of familiar concepts found in everyday life.
Jiang Yuxin's latest work, Five Events and Some Observations on Identity (the first part of 3 Encounters, 7 Buildings, and 2500 Grains of Rice), is inspired by her own encounters with identity differences while studying abroad in London. The minute and subtle details ingrained in everyday conversations and life experiences moved her to question the stereotypical differentiation of identities through nationalization. From the intercultural “Chinese” objects and product images the artist has encountered while living abroad, to the section plans of various Chinese establishments hidden in the streets of London, and finally to the materials derived from instances of embarrassment or being ignored as a result of identity differences, Jiang turns covert mental activities into complex visual representations through a combination of still photos, videos and installations, which enables her to speak up unreservedly about her repeated reflections on the issues stated above.