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"Family Viewing I" by Rose Tang
TITLE "Family Viewing I"
ARTIST Rose Tang 罗丝唐
MEDIA Lambda C-print mounted on Dibond, folding willow wood paravent
DATE 2010
SIZE 200×180×3 cm | 78.7×70.9×1.2 inches
EXPOSURE Exhibited in "Libido, Mortido"

The family photo. There can’t be a more telling facade. The four panels of a willow wood paravent show the portrait of an average Chinese family in the 1950’s, of the smiling and beautiful husband and wife, the eldest and serious daughter and two sons similar enough to grow up over a bond of healthy rivalry . A cynic might consider a choreographed portrait nothing more than a pricey appearance for a family to hide behind, like the tall paravent itself, a wall to carry around from room to room, a shell, a billboard, a curtain to keep the outside world knowing what’s really there. But in Family Viewing I, the father towering with pride for his wife and children can only be genuine. The mother is beaming with love. Despite the family being typical, the children’s individual characters as serious, shy and silly are gleefully apparent on the enlarged black and white photo covering the panels. The expressions shows a family love that is not simply Chinese, it is human. [Pete Bradt]

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