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“Proof” by 9mouth

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Questioning what is a “proof” of past love, the artist printed the lover’s shots to kept traces of love as a physical testimonial, and mixed it with other documents.

But printed on thermal paper, and alike the tickets and receipts, pictures inexorably vanish in a metaphorical demonstration of the fade of everything.

An album have collected these pictures at one moment : [PROOF]

The natural charm of intimate portraits, some candid, some mature, is deepened by the use of thermal paper like a vanitas in paintings, but nor a pattern neither a detail but a material.

The existence of memories is then defined by the medium as a message.

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Photographers

9mouth

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9mouth, born in Jingzhou in 1988, currently lives and works in Beijing. His practice includes photography and writing, which mainly focuses on affectional experience, reality and fiction, time and memory. His works have been exhibited in museums and project spaces both in China and internationally.

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“Cupboard Memories” by Xia Boqian

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In Cupboard Memories the Chinese artist Xia Boqian merge together two projects; Out of the closet, where she have covered for a long time people with depression, mental issues due to events and way of life they didn’t wanted to share publicly. This project “out of the closet” also covered people suffering of what they are but can’t change; lesbians/gays, fat, suicidal, harassed, bullied, etc… For the edit of the book this project has been mixed with other “lighter” secrets; hidden feelings, sentimental affairs, secret love… to make a compilation of private moments with quite improvised stages. What was important during the shooting was to let go and she captured only few pictures of these moments, instantly, without taking care of “professional standard” (lighting, framing,…) She captured the moments.

The emotions frozen in time are much more valuables as during the preparation of the book, a lot of the archives where irremediably lost, leaving us in doubt about using old scans or previous internet sharing. But it was the story of the book itself: a compilation of imperfect things and moments, that cannot be repeated, so we kept going forward.

The sequencing was made using the idea of mutual needs: flowers, waters & human connections responding to each others.

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Xia Boqian

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“I hardly wrote a self introduction. It feel a little difficult. Well, I must be a very boring person. I go to bed early and get up early. My friends all think I am too much like an elderly, but I think I just live according to the nature.

I like photography because I like nature, branches in winter and mottled shadows in summer. Now I live in the real world. I don’t know when I am awake from my dream. It’s probably the image or the nature. For me, time is cruel and beautiful. The image of pictures and the statement of words are both ways of recording time, so I can’t lie.

In the future, I should be a director, and now every day I study hard, learn everything, photography, flower art, installation, and learn what is visible and invisible in nature.

Xia Boqian

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“Seoul Nightshift” by Jan Daga

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“In Seoul, everything has a price. Everything has a time and everything has a dimension.
The city is perfect, crystal clear. But at night, everything changes. People pay just to disconnect
from the exhausting rhythms imposed by this incredibly competitive society. Just want to
get lost for a moment, in the streets and in the alleys, in nightclubs and in clubs overflowing with
people. With the sole purpose of forgetting a too long day. Drowning
in the solitude of a bottle of beer, smoking hundred of cigarettes. The screen of a
cell phone, of a thousand cell phones. With the desire to recreate a more easy world.
More human. Between the shadows and the lights of an endless night in search of a parallel life.
Or maybe just to survive. Another day.
This book is the result of three years of intense work dedicated to the streets of Seoul and its nightlife. To its excesses and its traditions. This book is dedicated to my dear Korean friends who have often accompanied me during the nights. Thank you Hong and Chang. “

Jan Daga

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“Love Remains” by Sherry Huang

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Love Remains is Sherry Huang’s first photo book. Taking the path of photography, the book is a private ceremony in which emotion is the offering. Bestowed with an extraordinarily powerful sense of intuition, Huang explores both the chiaroscuro and calculations of life. The fullness of her confidence is manifested through a naked awareness; yet it backlashes, creating tension.

Shot on black and white film, each photo proposes visceral content that breaks down taboos and expresses one true conviction. The creator revolts within the patterns and rhythms of thinking and composition, inverting a tenderness and love of great magnitude. This quality originates from Huang’s decisive analysis of the images of daily life, in which she has discovered that in the severest moments of bleakness and callousness, there are many fissures that allow one to embrace all and to free oneself.

The struggles of reality are left behind to be inspected and verified. Only the pursuit of form remains as photography, as a pair of eyes, as a multi-channel of the senses. In the flyleaf, the creator speaks of birds singing in the morning that she hears but never sees. Similarly, all proofs and bases shall never meet. Investigations stand starkly in opposition; they offer solutions to themselves, yet still they reach nothing and come to nothing.

A passage of a Buddhist epigram states, “all things resulting from a cause are like a dream or an illusion. We shall regard them as we would dewdrops and lightning.” It speaks of leading a simple life and, eventually, a simple death and finding the extraordinary in the ordinary. In the case of the creator, it speaks of the one last fight after failing to avoid the inevitable. Rhythm and cadence creeps across her predicament. Such disillusionment approaches death and fear; yet, it can always be resurrected through photography.
Love Remains is Huang’s photographic path during a certain stage of her life. It is also the most violently contrasting state she has yet experienced. Only amidst the tempestuous storm will she find ease and peace in time.

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Photographers

Sherry Huang

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Sherry Huang was born and raised in Taipei, Taiwan. She Graduated from the photography department of Academy of Art University (2011) and Royal College of Art (2018). She held her solo exhibition “Dead Letter” in 2013 and published photo book “Love Remains” in 2016. The core of her photography practice stems from the human conditions, from self-reflection to the state of modern humanity.

“If we can truly communicate via photography, if pictures can be felt by someone on an intrinsic level where the spirit longs to be expressed, then photography is exactly what it ought to be.”

Trying to understand herself, others, and the world through the limited scope of the camera, Huang’s works is her perpetual inquiry into life.

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