CURATED BY THOMAS SAUVIN
Sun Yanchu takes on the photographic medium as the raw material for experimenting on the image and endlessly drawing out the web of his obsessions as a man and as an artist. In the beginning he altered his own prints, from the Obsessed series (2011), later working with photos gathered in flea markets. With the series and book Ficciones he subjects photos to plastic experiments of all kinds, mixing gold leaf, watercolour, acrylic, even soy sauce, aging the original content of these photos. Often small in size, they become a pretext for starting a story or a tale that he develops beyond the restricted frame of the drawing, creating doubly fictive landscapes with a paintbrush or pen. Fictitious because they are made of abandoned images, cut off from their primary context, and also because they are covered, buried, layer by layer, under pigment and other material. These miniature fictions are unique pieces that distinguish Sun's work from the current mode of production. The photograph here is both the guinea pig and the object of sublimation.