Presented in collaboration with Anna Dumitriu and Professor Bruce Christianson.
Until Death Do Us Part focuses on the unexpected role cigarettes play in Chinese weddings. As a token of appreciation, it is customary for the bride to light a cigarette for each and every man invited. The bride and the groom are then invited to play some cigarette-smoking games of an unprecedented ingenuousness. These photos come from the Beijing Silvermine project, an archive of half a million negatives salvaged over the years from a recycling plant on the edge of Beijing by the French collector and artist Thomas Sauvin.
Richard Misrach's Destroy This Memory is an affecting reminder of the physical and psychological impact of Hurricane Katrina. Rather than simply surveying the damage, Misrach—who has photographed the region regularly since the 1970s, most notably for his ongoing Cancer Alley project—found himself drawn to the hurricane-inspired graffiti: messages scrawled in spray paint, crayons, chalk, or whatever materials happened to be on hand. At turns threatening, desperate, clinical, and even darkly humorous, the phrases he captured—the only text that appears in the book—reveal unique human perspectives on the devastation and shock left in the wake of this disaster.
Destroy This Memory presents previously unpublished and starkly compelling material, all of which Misrach shot with his 4 MP pocket camera. Created between October and December 2005, this haunting series serves as a potent, unalloyed document of the raw experiences of those left to fend for themselves in the aftermath of Katrina. .
Artist's royalties for this project are being donated to the Make It Right Foundation, which is currently rebuilding the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans.
South Africans are called a rainbow nation. This term encapsulate the unity of multi-culturalism and the coming-together of people of many different nations, in a country once identified with the strict division of white and black. The beauty of this diversity and unity at the same time can be easily seen on schoolyards.
‘Classmates’ is a study of school kids in the area of East London, South Africa. The emphasis of the portraits is on individuality, as well as wit and wisdom that goes far beyond the subjects’ years. A key element of the pictures is school uniforms which act as a social equalizer and at the same time make personalities shine brighter.
Painting : Ivan Tsarevich riding the gray wolf (1889) by Viktor Vasnetsov.