Intimacy seems to become scarce in our hyper-connected world. Everyday, we photograph our friends and our surroundings, we take selfies, and share personal moments on WeChat or Facebook. Does it make us artists? Are the images we share of our everyday life « intimate »? What does intimacy mean and how can it be captured through photography? This topic will be discussed by five photographers who look at the world and people around them with a desire to reveal their intimacy and pass on their deep emotions.
RongRong & inri, the influential Sino-Japanese couple who have been working together since 2000, unfold an intimate world while connecting with China’s socio-economic transformations. Their past critically acclaimed series of works, such as Mt. Fuji, in Nature, Liulitun, and Tsumari Story focus on the beauty of the human body in nature and the value of new beginnings in their shared life and surroundings, especially amidst a rapidly changing world.
Shanghai artist Coca Dai’s series Judy Zhu 2008-2015, began at first as daily snapshots of his girlfriend and developed into a significant intimate narrative on contemporary womanhood.
Pixy Liao’s ongoing long-term project Experimental Relationship began in 2007. In this work, she stages photographs with her Japanese boyfriend, Moro, to challenge conventional ideas of gender dynamics and explore how national culture influences interactions in a romantic relationship.
Ann Ray met Lee McQueen in 1996, when he had just been made the artistic director of Givenchy. An immediate friendship was formed; over 13 years, until his death in 2010, Lee McQueen let Ann Ray photograph everything: preparations, runway shows, intimate moments.
He Yining, independent writer and curator
The talk will be live-streamed by Artron and Zai Art.