I am excited to collaborate with Flamingo Shanghai’s FL:EX Gallery in launching my latest interactive exhibition and workshop on September 7. In ‘Shanghai Shrines’, photographs provide the departure point for an exploration of all kinds of shrines, both literal and metaphorical, sacred and profane. What do our altars, idols and talismans tell us about beliefs and values in contemporary Shanghai?
The second largest photo exhibition in Korea, presents Under Gods as one of their main exhibitions and expansive event programme. The curatorial selection committee is headed by Suejin Shin, art director and HeeJung Kim, curator.
My latest project Home Made in Smethwick offers an intimate portrayal of one of the most culturally rich and ethnically diverse towns in the UK through the language of food. The tastes of home can act as a bridge from one continent to another; from one generation to the next; and from one house to its neighbour. In the densely populated terraced streets of the Black Country, the smells of cooking and sharing of food connect people to each other and create a sense of belonging. This book combines portraits of people, food and personal handwritten recipes collected over two years.
The project was commissioned and produced by Multistory. But the book here.
After three years living in China to work on Shanghai Sacred, I presented the project with professor Benoit Vermander during the international conference Diverse Cultural and Religious Ways of Thinking A Dia-logue at Institut Catholique de Paris, June 27-30, 2016. The exhibition will remain in the public courtyard of Saint Joseph des Carmes, 70 Rue de Vaugirard until November.
‘Smethwick Streets’ has been selected out of 230,103 images submitted from 186 countries for the people’s category of Sony World Photography Awards. This series of portraits are part of ‘Taste of Home’ , a project commissioned by Multistory. The images will be exhibited in London from 22nd April – 8th May.