Luo Yang’s GIRLS belong to a part of contemporary China that is rarely taken note of in the West.
Her portraits depict a burgeoning Chinese youth culture that defies imposed expectations and stereotypes: GIRLS are badass and self-aware with a supreme sense of cool, yet also insecure, vulnerable and torn. Underlying tensions and ambivalent emotions lend friction to Luo’s images and deny a conclusive reading. Her images are bold and up-front, intimate and sensitive at the same time. Above all, her work is a testament to her subjects’ individuality. It explores themes of youth and femininity while challenging traditional beliefs about women in Chinese society. GIRLS thus also reflect a shifting mind-set with regard to concepts of femininity and identity in modern China.
Luo Yang, born 1984 in Liaoning Province in China's northeast, lives and works in Beijing & Shanghai. She has had numerous exhibitions in China and participated in major shows in Europe, amongst them Ai Weiwei’s “FUCK OFF 2” at the Groninger Museum, Netherlands. Solo-exhibitions in Berlin and Hong Kong have since contributed to her international recognition. In her work, highly staged portraits and carefully constructed poses alternate with a raw, blurred snapshot-aesthetic. She works with film cameras only, deliberately slowing down the creative process and focusing on a particular moment itself rather than on elaborating and refining an image in post-production.
MO-Industries is partnering with THE OPPOSITE HOUSE Beijing and Red Gate Gallery for this solo-show of Luo Yang's GIRLS. The exhibition features Luo’s most prominent images in a stunning large-scale display in the atrium of The Opposite House.
OPENING: Thursday, 12 October, 6:30 pm
DURATION: 13 October – 24 October 2017
VENUE: THE OPPOSITE HOUSE
Taikoo Li Sanlitun North, No. 11 Sanlitun Road
Chaoyang District, Beijing, China 100027
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