|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), image courtesy of artists|
|"Bureaucratic Beauty III" by Rosfer & Shaokun (2011), image courtesy of artists|
|"Bureaucratic Beauty" by Rosfer & Shoakun (2011)|
|"Face-Off III" by Rosfer & Shaokun (2011), image courtesy of the artists|
|"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), image courtesy of the artists|
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), image courtesy of the artists|
|"No Land I" by Rosfer & Shaokun (2011), image courtesy of the artists|
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), image courtesy of the artists|
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), image courtesy of the artist|
|"New 87 Angels II" by Shaokun (2011), image courtesy of the artist|
Rock on and practice peace and love.
|"Spanish life stilled," photograph by Stefan van Drake (2009)|