|Shaokun, center, at her and Ruggero Rosfer´s "Face-Off-No Land" Beijing opening at ME Photo Art Gallery. Authorities ordered only this work--"No Land IV"--removed during the exhibition as politically sensitive.|
|"Face-Off I" by Rosfer & Shaokun (2011)|
|"Bureaucratic Beauty III" by Rosfer & Shaokun (2011)|
|"Bureaucratic Beauty" by Rosfer & Shoakun (2011)|
|"Face-Off III" by Rosfer & Shaokun (2011)|
|"Bureaucratic Beauty V" by Rosfer & Shaokun (2011)|
Rosfer & Shaokun’s photographic production is like a landmark statement and participates in the formulation of a renewed visual vocabulary, capable of building a new context.
I did try looking at these photographs standing still more to the side of the sheet rather than in front of it to withstand physical rapture. It didn’t work.
These images capture your very inner core. It is a precipice of awareness. They are poems for the eye and scratches to the heart. They walk on the lines of a complex dialogue that moves amongst different forms of artistic expression.
|"1980, My World I" by Rosfer & Shoakun (2011)|
There is no real center of action.
It's a powerful description of the new giant of world economy: China as we know it today. Contemporary China, a country that today can dictate what is acceptable and what is not with a single gesture.
The collection of images is centered on a privileged subject: the female body. A useful metaphor to recall the history of a continent which has caused strong reactions and debate on woman’s condition and social status.
|"No Land II" by Rosfer & Shaokun (2011)|
|"No Land I" by Rosfer & Shaokun (2011)|
His visual work gracefully combines with Shaokun’s artistic imaginary world, eventually enabling criticism of controversial socio-cultural aspects of new China to speak up and go on stage.
The metaphor emerges through the gestures of a woman-China that voluntarily divests of a social and cultural dress she refuses, interrupting the routes of communication with a world in which social networks dominate relationships and ideas.
The three photographs lead to multi-level reading, in a blend of words and images, through dense and complex codes and meanings.
|"No Land III" by Rosfer & Shaokun (2011)|
The words "Welcome to Facebook" on Shaokun’s face reach beyond the mere textual value and are included in a semantic structure bearing connections with the oriental woman's body, with the Chinese continent and its relationship with freedom of expression and communication.
Rosfer and Shaokun’s artistic imaginary world stems from a complex and articulated reality which, beyond the limits of time and space, finds the symbolic dimension for her portrayal in photography.
|"New 87 Angels I" by Shaokun (2011)|
|"New 87 Angels II" by Shaokun (2011)|
Rock on and practice peace and love.
|"Spanish life stilled," photograph by Stefan van Drake (2009)|