In searching for the poetic possibility of spaces, my photographic approach involves a particular stance towards unresolved and unfinished areas, utilising a sense suspended construction. By working with monochromatic subject matter in constructed space, the photographic discourse surrounding the themes of urban social spaces, architecture and dwelling is addressed. This piece represents a visual study of the idea of non-place by Marc Auge. The subject of the photograph is drawn from a series of architectural structures, which were built in transit places, such as an abandoned garage or a storing space. These monumental places were set to be demolished in the following year for the reason of CBD area construction. From 'the place of memory' to Marc Auge considered 'non-place', the photograph subconsciously attempts to create evidence of the process of the formation of new urban structures. The work also considers the aesthetics of materiality and emptiness, which reflects on my studies of the ‘photo-object’ through my collaboration with sculptor, Mona Yoo.
The collaborative pieces were inspired by the idea of displacement. By switching the gesture of the space, a monumental sculptural structure was formed in the attempt to seek a dialogue between the image and space. Meanwhile, the sculpture works in connection to my photographic work and the idea of poetics of space, which is physically represented as the overbuilt wall and the unfinished wall shown in each other’s space.
School of Humanities
MA Photography, 2015
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As suggested in Philosophy of Poetry by Gaston Bachlard, a reader may possibly establish a dynamic relationship between image and imagination through reading. In this way, a particular spatial experience of imagination is acquired. This relationship also exists with regards to the photographic image. The place is an encounter of the observation. Space, time and traces are preserved as an image. The following imagination occurred within its observation at the same time.
In searching for the poetic possibility of spaces, my photographic approach involves a particular stance towards unresolved and unfinished areas, utilising a sense suspended construction. By working with monochromatic subject matter in constructed space, the photographic discourse surrounding the themes of urban social spaces, architecture and dwelling is addressed.
- BA Advertising Studies, North China University of Technology
- Visiting lecturer, Southampton Solent University, Southampton, 2015; Visiting lecturer, University Of South Wales, Newport, 2015; Artist in residency, School Of Visual Art, New York, 2014; Artist in Residency, Planche(s) Contact#5, Deauville, 2014 ; Artist Talk, Central Academy of Fine Art, Beijing, 2011
- Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2015, One Thoresby Street, Nottingham, 2015; Exit Strategies, LE Shop, London, 2015 ; Pause Patina, Camden Art Center, London, 2015; Off Print London, Tate Modern Turbine Hall, London, 2015; Photo London, Somerset House, London, 2015 ; RCA Secret 2015, Royal College of Art, London, 2015; Planche(s) Contact#5, Deauville, France, 2014; Work In Progress Show, Royal College of Art, London, 2014; RCA Secret 2014, Royal College of Art, London, 2014; South Wind, Stage Art Gallery, Beijing, 2013; IIUPE Asian Young Photographer, Dirk Gallery, Dhaka, 2012
- First prize, Bloomberg New Contemporaries Award, 2015
- Exit Strategies, Rut Blees Luxemburg, Black Dog Publishing, 2015; South Wind: Hanqing Ma Artist Book self-published, 2015; Blank Paper Press: Planche(s) Contact 2014