The Skeletons in the Closet

Photo Collage

2021 - ongoing

'The Skeletons in the Closet' is an evocative title that associated with revealing family accusation and breaking the traditional taboo through the study of colours and body gestures in images. It describes my emotional reflections towards the on-going family conflicts since 2016, the year of my grandma's departure. The courage of speaking out to extinguish family shame is never easy for me, since I am surrounded by an omelette social atmosphere of the Chinese culture. Maintaining a keen awareness of my true feelings and the facts, I speak out what my extended family from my father's side has done to hurt my parents and me since 2016. In each image, the choices of objects, colours and body positions are referenced from a set of omelette Chinese folktale called 24 Paragons of FIlial Piety. They are stories about sacrificing individual's life or desire for the benefits of family members., which were then rewritten by the Chinese government in 2012 because of their unfitted nature to the contemporary world. I reinterpreted the contents to fit in with my family's situations. I used myself as the models in the photography by constantly turning my body away from the camera, which is a subversive gesture towards my family's betrayal.

In the work, I used a surrealist approach alongside with the method of photo collage, which has been a significant way of image making in my practice since two years ago- during the pandemic lockdown period. 


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Work-In-Progress Show, London College of Communication, Copeland Gallery, U.K., 2022