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Introduce a Chinese photographer: Mu Ge

These photographs were taken by Muge, a Chinese photographer. I first saw them in the Atsushi Fujiwara’s photo-book exhibition at the Format Festival. They belong to a series entitled “Going Home”. They were taken quite literally during the photographer’s journey home, an area upstream of the Changjiang. These photographs recorded immigrant revisitations home, painting a portrait of movement and the meaning of place and identity in an immigrant community (de- and re-territorialised). Differing from regular labour immigrantsin China, these peoples were forced to move away from their traditional ‘homes’ due to the building of the Three Gorges Dam. They remind me quite poignantly of Zhangke Jia’s film Still Life (三峡好人); both cannot return to a geographically located home anymore, and instead must re-imagine and reconstruct one. 这些照片的拍摄者是中国摄影师木格。我第一看到这些作品是在今年的Format国际摄影节。木格的作品被收录进藤原敦的摄影图册展览中。 这个系列的作品被命名为“回家”。实际上也真的是拍摄于摄影师回到长江上游家中的旅途中。拍摄的题材则是移民重归故里。不同于中国常见的劳工移民,这些出现在画面中的人多数是因修建三峡水库被迫离乡背井。 看到这些照片,我立刻回想起贾樟柯的电影《三峡好人》。这些都是回不去家的人。

Introduce a Chinese photographer: Yang Yankang

There is an interview of Christian Caujolle, the ex-founder of Agence VU, on The Outlook Magazien (China). He mentioned a few Chinese photographers who are signed with Agence VU. Therefore, this agency gets my attention. Yang Yankang (born.1954)’s photographs remind me Zhuang Xueben, who taken photographs of Chinese “minorities” between 1930s and 1950s. There are two series of Yang’s work, showing on Agence VU’s website: Buddhism in Tibet (2009) and Catholic in the Villages of Shanxi Province, China (2001). Yang has anthropological eyes as Zhuang Xueben, chasing the people who live with their own lifestyle and culture (religious).

Review: Dai Jianyong (COCA)’s project in New York.

Photographs on Dai Jianyong’s Wechat. Photo by Dai Jianyong See the review at 私评论:戴建勇的纽约地铁 Update: From 2014 to 2015, it has been a good year for Dai Jianyong until last month. He went to New York to be a resident artist for 3 months and won a few rewards. He joined influential artistic projects in Beijing and considered to move to Beijing. When I met him during my research in Beijing, I agreed to write a review about his new project. This Chinese review was published on, which is also the owner of Chinese twitter Weibo. Then, things turned tougher for Dai in last month. Fortunately, it’s alright now.  I hope he has a brighter future. Good luck. Fangfei, July 2015

Review: for the Hemera Collective Photo Blog

Dali is a highly romanticised city which is located in Yunnan Province, China. I say this as the area Dali is situated in is complimented with scenery replete with paddies, mountains, a lake (with fish being caught in some areas by cormorant) and picturesque farmers traditionally plowing their fields; scenes that are endeared and idealised by Chinese urbanites. At one time this scenery and the relaxed atmosphere of Dali brought in backpackers (who would make up the majority of tourists) from outside of China. Nowadays however it attracts millions of national tourist groups and student travelers who travel for the amazing landscapes and welcoming minority and folk cultures. The major events of the 5th Dali International Photography Exhibition(DIPE) were held at this city between 1st and 5th Aug 2013. It displayed more than 6,000 photographic works in over 200 exhibitions. See: REVIEW by Fangfei Chen: The 5th Dali International Photography Exhibition(DIPE)