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Chen Ronghui: Postcards from America (Dual Self-Portraits)

Postcards from America(Dual Self-Portraits), 2020, 3 min 20 second

Video Produced by Chen Ronghui

Postcards from America(Dual Self-Portraits)

Postcards from America(Dual Self-Portraits)  is the first time for the artist Chen Ronghui to use selfie in artistic practice. The artist uses the dual camera function of his smartphone (front and rear cameras open at the same time) to take a selfie, which records the artist’s personal changes and the scene that the artist’s eyes see at that moment. On the back of these postcards, the artist wrote down his daily thoughts and reflections, and made postcards together with photos of the diaries written by Yung Wing, the first Chinese student to come to the United States.

《美国来信(双自拍)》这组作品是艺术家来到耶鲁求学之后的创作,也是他第一次用自拍的方式进行创作。艺术家采用了手机摄影的双摄像头功能(前后镜头同时开启拍摄)来进行自拍,记录下艺术家个人变化的同时,也记录了在那个瞬间艺术家眼睛观察到的场景。与此同时,艺术家把日常的感悟和思考进行书写,与第一位来到美国的中国留学生容闳(1828-1912)写的日记进行跨越时空的对话,和照片一起制作成了明信片。

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