Jessie Yingying Gong (born in 1990 in China) is a Chinese visual artist and photographer, whose works often speak of personal and collective memory, cultural identity, symbols and language.
In her series Mother, she offers a refreshing take on vernacular photography and portraiture. Reflecting upon her own family archive, Jessie recreated a unique visual diary in which we embarked on a journey through her mother’s past. She explains: “Mother is a publication of the image journal of my mother before I was born. I try to find the threads and strands to knit her past together with the photos of her youth. It’s a fiction full of lived experiences. I am not there, yet I am also there.”
Photographs were taken between 1980 and 1989, when Jessie’s mother was 18-27 years old. Old images are associated with contemporary texts written in 2015, in which Jessie asked her mother to retrospectively recollect her memories.
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