Locked up Rainbow
There are three intentions for this set of photographs. One is to get rid of my own negative emotions caused by the epidemic. The process of making this project is similar to a game, and it is my daily thought and spiritual sustenance; another intention is to create a way to help people stay in touch during the epidemic. To help them relieve the loneliness and loss that have spawn out of the lockdown. As a result, this group of works has received a lot of praise and responses on social media, and some people have followed suit. My final intention is to consider and experiment on the relationship between "me" and "my environment” amid the pandemic —
The objects we own are evidence and proof of our identities, they also reflect our preferences and habits. However, whenever a new item is brought into our lives, our excitement always sits on a downward sliding scale due to “hedonic adaptation”. Sometimes, our emotions towards the things we own can even become disgust. The cumbersome of our daily life cut our time at "home" shorter and shorter. It is inevitable that our homes have become museums of idle items. The “things” we once added to our "home environment" with much love, and the objects that used to define "who we are”, have become idle furnishings in a neglected home.
In 2020, the pandemic forced us into a passive isolation. The original rhythm and rules of life broke down, and the sense of loss caused by loneliness was suddenly magnified. The blockade forced us to relearn how to get along with "home" and how to interact with our “home environment". It also rejuvenated my passion and curiosity for the items that I have grown too accustomed to in my life.
The pandemic has relocated "people" back into their "home environment", and the home environment is made up of the items we have acquired. During lockdown, people are forced to have a new relationship with their belongings, through re-examining them, re-interacting with them, came a new understanding of "home". In April 2020, I did a one-week performance/photography experiment. Over the course of one week, I picked a colour everyday and then picked out the items in the house according to the colour, and then I arranged them on display like staging still life. I recorded the process of creating and de-creating the still life composition, and each day it was captured by photography. I found colours in the objects I own, and I found a new relationship between between "me" and "home”. These objects brought me joy.
疫情把“人”重新搬回了“家的环境”，而“家的环境”是由我们获得的物品组成的。在封锁期间，人们被迫与自己的物品建立新的关系，通过重新审视它们，重新与它们互动，对“家”产生新的理解。 2020 年 4 月，我做了一个为期一周的表演/摄影实验。在一周的时间里，我每天挑选一种颜色，然后根据颜色挑出我家的物品，然后像摆拍静物一样将它们陈列摆放。我用视频记录了布置和复原的过程，并最终以摄影的方式呈现这些”东西“为我带来的色彩。我在我拥有的物品中找到了颜色，我在“我”和“家”之间找到了一种新的关系，它们给我带来了快乐。
This set of work re-oriented my attention to my surroundings and reinterpreted the “idea of home". In the making process, the home environment and objects took on new meanings which were unexpected. In our normal bustle, our belongings became idle dust collectors. Yet during quarantine, these items transformed back from furnishings to spiritual companions. Accompanying us day and night, they brought hope and joy to our monotonous lockdown life, it’s what a home is for.