Norwegian Wood by Yan Jin
Inspired by books of Haruki Murakami, this project explores time, death, memory, the function of photography, its presence as a sign, as representation, as constructed consciousness, leading audience to question about the truthfulness of the image and authenticity come with it, as well as the unspeakable subconscious we are dealing with everyday. The definition of photographs shifts in all these representations. Polaroids, Silk screen prints on vellum, Inkjets prints, all different materials and practices together establish a floating space where meanings are constantly generated and regenerated.
“People leave strange little memories of themselves behind when they die.”
Haruki Murakami, Norwegian Wood
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is an artist born in Shanghai, China. She is currently based in New York where she obtained her Master of Fine Art from the School of Visual Arts, Photography, Video and Related Media department. Her works include photography, video, sculpture, and multi-media installations. She constantly recontextualizes the found photo and found objects by various procedures including scanning, retouching, erasing etc; blurs the gaps between facts and fiction, presence and absence, brings disparate binaries in dialogue with one another. She received Paula Rhodes Memorial Award for exceptional achievement in 2021. Exhibitions and screenings include United States, United Kingdom, Italy, Serbia, Greece, South Korea and Thailand.
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