Artist statement: From an urban Chinese experience, we tend not to display emotions because that suggests vulnerability and even weakness. Disregarding the many years that we have lived in Western countries, this characteristic is still with us.
I enlisted acquaintances and agreeable strangers of Chinese cultural backgrounds as models for a series of hour-long exposure portrait photographs. I staged these by arranging for each model to sit still for 1.5 to 3 hours – the golden hour – during which they were shown a movie related to a Hong Kong/Chinese cultural issue or history. The overlaid long exposures traced their facial expressions and their shifts of position, recording their comfort and discomfort, their absorption and their impatience, their range of emotional responses.
This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.
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