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Artist Feature

Every week an artist is featured whose single image was published by Der Greif. The Feature shows the image in the original context of the series.

Zhao Qian - offcut, the edge

Oct 05, 2016

offcut,the edge ( 2014- )
“ I flew to San Francisco from Shanghai on August 11, 2014.The whole journey extended 9,872 miles, and the flight took 10 hours and 50 minutes. The time difference between Shanghai and San Francisco was 15 hours, so I took three days to get adjusted. I slept for at least ten hours each day. ” This series is based on my daily life and imagination. I keep a distance from the city I now live in. Landmarks, shopping malls and new neighborhoods help me to constructed an unreal city in images and memory: a fictitious city that is based on an actual place but that is transformed by an associative process. With people seeming to appear out of mist, the slightly off-kilter images connect to something odd but interesting. These images ask viewers to look again, to step closer, to investigate what might be there in that other dimension.

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Dog’s Paws

Oct 10, 2016 - Qian Zhao

Wikipedia: Common characteristics The paw is characterised by thin, pigmented, keratinised, hairless epidermis covering subcutaneous, collagenous, and adipose tissue, which make up the pads. These pads act as a cushion for the load-bearing limbs of the animal. The paw consists of the large, heart-shaped metacarpal or palmar pad (forelimb) or metatarsal or plantar pad (rear limb), and generally four load-bearing digital pads, although there can be five or six toes in the case of domestic cats and bears (including giant panda). A carpal pad is also found on the forelimb which is used for additional traction when stopping or descending a slope in digitigrade species. Additional dewclaws can also be present. The paw also includes a horn-like, beak shaped claw on each digit. Though usually hairless, certain animals do have fur on the soles of their paws. An example is the red panda, whose furry soles help insulate them in their snowy habitat.

Recruit_Hiroshi Okamoto

Oct 08, 2016 - Qian Zhao

[vimeo video_id="148071443" width="1000" height="563“] Hiroshi Okamoto He was born in 1990 in Tokyo. He graduated from Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University with a degree in social science and anthropology in 2014. After graduating, he used to work as a director and editor at a video production in Japan. He started to work as a freelance photographer and film director based in Tokyo from 2016. He published his handmade photo book “Recruit”, which is about job-hunting among young generation in Japan on Jan 2016. The book awarded 2nd Prize in Dummy Award Kassel in German and archived permanently the museum of modern art ( MoMA ) library in New York. Statement “I want to die”.
 During February 2013, this e-mail was sent by my best friend in my university, who was doing his job-hunting then. In Japan, more than half a million students participate in job-hunting simultaneously every year.
Students go into this frantic game with their desire and anxiety for their future careers. “Recruit” is a personal story of Yo Toshino, my best friend from my university, and his job-hunting experience.
 This is also just one of the stories amongst more than half a million job-hunters in Japan.

»Insensitive« – Myrto Steirou

Oct 07, 2016 - Qian Zhao

Myrto Steirou Greek. Born in 1989. Based and working in Athens. Co-founder of Void, a creative space focused on photography and alternative publishing, in Athens, Greece. The series »Insensitive« was created together with João Linneu. There is love that comforts. There is love that hurts. To love in the sense of passion-love is the contrary of to live. It is “an impoverishment of one's being, an askesis without sequel, an inability to enjoy the present without imagining it as absent, a never-ending flight from possession”, according to Denis de Rougemont. »Insensitive« is about the kind of love that allows us to hurt each other unconditionally.

Leaky Logic and a Fugitive Fish & Primal Planet-Ke Peng

Oct 06, 2016 - Qian Zhao

Ke Peng 彭可 (b. 1992, Hunan, raised in Shenzhen, China) lives and works in Los Angeles, CA and southern China. She is interested in how the different connect, and distinctions within similarity. The urge, burden and limitation of being in a specific space, as well as active looking is very important to her, while constantly thinking about one's own self is the least important. She spends an unbelievable amount of time observing people, space.. and cute animals. She is also very fond of milk, jackfruit and canele. She received a BFA in Photography from Rhode Island School of Design. Logic and a Fugitive Fish" Leaky Logic and a Fugitive Fish is a collaborative exhibition project by Ke Peng and Justine Chang. The show consists of photographs, video, and text— created independently, then sequenced together as seamless sentences, flowing between their two voices. The work is made between China and the U.S.A., looking at the particularities of urban expansion and immigrant life with a playful eye. Together, the series provides glimpses into exterior worlds that would otherwise go unseen, redefining what is foreign and familiar. The title refers to the quick temporal nature of memory, resembling a darting fish in a bowl of water. It also hints at the tension between playfulness and the hardening of experience, which teaches us that some situations are complex, difficult, and inescapable. For the series, Ke turns to the first place she had been in the world: Hunan, a southern province of China, where everything seems suspended and eternal. She also turns to the place she grew up, Shenzhen, a city as young as her, where everything is marked by perpetual movement and rapid change. The population of Shenzhen increased from 30,000 to 15,000,000 in the span of thirty years, and this made her curious and aware of the relation between spatial limitations and the sudden expansion of the city. Ke looks into both the new and the old in modern China by photographing between these two places. She is particularly interested in how human experiences are distinct, yet connected. Meanwhile, Justine photographs along the East Coast, isolating small details that rupture the constraints of the suburban immigrant home. She preserves a sense of play in the midst of loss — as in the face of frequent moves, or a winter flood, where the burst of thawing pipes drenched everything she owned. To her, play means getting lost in the arrangement of common objects for the lens. It is her way of holding onto the things that she knows will slip away. She is invested in the energy created by the collaborative curating process, and how it is a way of being connected and understood. "Primal Planet" "To the place where light never changes, and people stroll through the dust, where a thousand miles of river hidden in the fog. To the first place I have been, but don’t know much about." I tried to reconnect with Hunan, a southern province of China, where everything seems suspended and eternal. It was the first place I had ever been in the world. I also turned to the place I grew up, Shenzhen, a city as young as me, where everything is marked by perpetual movement and rapid change. The population of Shenzhen grew from 30,000 to 15,000,000 in the span of thirty years, which made me curious and aware of the relation between the limitations of space and the sudden expansion of the city. I look into both the new and the old in modern China by photographing between these two places. I am particularly interested in how human experiences are distinct yet connected.