Jiang Jian – Archives on Orphans

The artist portrayed 1000 parentless children who were taken care of by a community of Shaolin monks. Formally, the pictures are separated into two. The right, black and white side shows the foster children in front of a pitch black and empty background which emphasizes their feeling of being lost and isolation. In contrast to this, there are color photographs of official identity cards of each child. “The impersonal and bureaucratic confronts the personal and individual”, wrote the American photography historian Vicky Goldberg. In the conjunction of conceptual art and social photojournalism, Jiang Jian is considered one of the most exciting contemporary photographers of China. This is a great discovery!
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