Chi-Jang Yin

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The camera turns into a weapon, a third eye and a secret device recording events that I am not aware of in the particular moment of time. In 1976, when I was three years old, the Chinese Cultural Revolution ended. Two years later, our family left China. In 2004 and 2005 I returned twice to China, and during each trip I spent a month living in the southern city, Guangzhou, where I was born. The propaganda films, national songs, and loud voices from speakerphones that characterized my childhood are gone. Instead, western influences are now implanting Hip Pop culture among the Chinese youth, Yuppie culture among young professionals, Internet culture, and a new sense of fashion. However, the details of Chinese living stay the same – layers of dirt and dust lie on every object and surface, trash lies in the street, broken windows, rusted doors, layers of posters and words cover surfaces, unfinished painted walls, and people nimbly responding to ever changing government policies.

In this series of photographs, the aesthetics of grids are utilized as metaphors to examine individualism as reconstructed and intertwined with infrastructures of contemporary culture. By placing emphasis on innovative digital techniques and conceptual analysis, the photographs enhance awareness of the roles of the camera, subject and viewer. The viewer is led to actively compose narratives through the beauty, irony, and solitude in these photographs. The events of seeing, being seen and remaining unseen open up understandings and communicate a social statement. The construction of “Chinese Playground” is individualized but also universal, aiming to open borders that separate cultural, linguistic, and historical differences.

All photographs are available as 20 x 30" and 30 x 45" framed chromogenic prints for $2500 and $2900, respectively.

 

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Chi-Jang Yin
Bridge, 2006
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Chinese Playground, 2006
Chi-Jang Yin
Five O'clock , 2006
Chi-Jang Yin
Keys, 2006
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Machine, 2006