Yiwu (2016)

Photos: 6 in x 4 in
Envelope: 8 in x 6 in
Edition of 2
Laser jet color print, 28 silkscreen prints on rag paper, negative sleeve, transparency print

Yiwu (2016) is a series of 28 silkscreened prints, presented as 6 x 4 analog photographs from a fictional trip to Yiwu, China. Yiwu is the city where I was adopted from, but have no memories of, as I have not visited since. As an international adoptee, this piece explored ideas of understanding and making my own personal relationship to the city. Source images were ‘shot’ via Baidu maps and appear to be every day street style photographs. The only indication that something may be amiss, that these are not normal vacation photographs are the blurred out faces of people and license plates, automatically generated by Baidu maps to protect individual identities. The series of ‘photos’ are tied together by placing them in a photo envelope, modeled after envelopes from commercial 1 hour developing services, and accompanied by a fake set of negatives.

Shown below are a selection of 9 of 28 prints.