Sample Room.  Photographs by Chen Jiagang.
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Sample Room.

Photographs by Chen Jiagang.
Editions Bessard, 2013. 150 pp., 49 color illustrations, 7½x9".

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Limited Edition of 500 signed copies.

Chen Jiagang's color photographs appear interspersed with pages of die-cut, heavy black paper that reveal small details in the photographs and the characters that the artist portrays. The book's design shows the characters' multitude of expressions and feelings. Chen frames them in rectangles and independent squares. Isolated in this way, in their personal little holes, they seem to experience discrete emotions, like the rest of us. When turning the pages we will find them together, in the same room, in this complex Chinese 'dream of wealth.' Yet something is broken: status symbols and visual utopia do not seem to fill the void of loneliness and falsity.

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