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Jia Cai

MA work

Self Portriat of J. C

I was born in the orient, and educated in England. Having adopted both cultures has made me constantly search for myself: who am I? Where do I belong?

I designed a shiny, reflective copper cube and started to bring it on journeys with me while travelling through Britain. Placing it into different landscapes, I was looking at the cube as a representation of myself, coping, adopting and reflecting the familiar but also foreign environment.


  • MA Degree


    School of Humanities


    MA Photography, 2015

  • I am forever on the journey of searching for myself. I once made work base on my memories and dreams; I am moving forward to directly making self portraits. Most people would ask, at least once in their lifetime, the question 'who am I?' We are the actors in our own lives, so it is difficult to step back and review ourselves. In my recent practice, I use a sculpture, which I designed to represent myself in the landscape. Wherever I travel in Britain I bring it with me. By doing so, it has allowed me to explore the relationship between the environment and myself.
  • Degrees

  • BA Photography, Camberwell College of Arts, 2012
  • Exhibitions

  • RCA Secret, Royal College of Art, London, 2015; RCA Secret, Royal College of Art, London, 2014; Work in Progress Show, Royal College of Art, London, 2014; Joint Exhibition: EDGE, Permanence Gallery, Beijing, 2012; BA Degree Show, Camberwell College of Arts, London, 2012; Peek Show, Biscuit Factory, London 2011
  • Publications

  • Oliver Richon, Paul Haworth, Rut Blees Luxemburg, Exit Strategies, Black Dog Publishing, 2015