Parsons School of Design. Photography Department.
(sponsoring body)Zhou Yichen
July 12 2012
This untitled series of pictures is inspired by the current contradictions in Chinese society. The Chinese economy is developing at an abnormally fast speed and its people are experiencing another Great Leap Forward — creating illusions without self-awareness. We are trying to build the highest building, make the fastest train, and display the best image of China to the world. We are actors on a stage, completely absorbed in the performance and never stopping to think about what we are doing. The work explores what lies behind the surface of life and locates the line between reality and illusion. The actions in the photographs are illogical and ineffective. The questions behind these actions explore futile activities in society and failed attempts at life.
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