I was born in Shandong, China, and am currently living and working as an image artist in Beijing. My works are about personal emotional records, from the surrounding environmental changes to the passage of personal history. Through the expression of private imagery, as well as painting, photography, manual books and animation videos, I aim to express my emotional changes. I graduated from the Central Academy of Fine Arts with a master’s degree in Photography Art Study, and graduated with a bachelor degree in Imaging Design from the School of Urban Design, Central Academy of Fine Arts.
This project is my recent work: “Finding Lubo.” Finding Lubo has been shortlisted for the 2018 Sony World Photography Awards and the Three Shadows Photography Awards, and it has been included in Magnum Photo’s Gallery Multimedia Creation Camp, the New York International Photographic Art Exhibition, Lishui International Photography Festival, and others. I have been working on this project since 2016, and continue to build on it.
I am looking for history and memories that relate to myself. I have returned back to some places I visited when I was young and collected documents and articles that I connect to. I also took pictures of family and landscapes about my previous life. At the same time, this project was work for my graduation exhibition. The aim of this campaign is to continue to better and evolve my project, to display professional high standards of exhibitions, publications, printing, display cabinets, on-site build and other expenses. Since my family is not very wealthy, most of my expenses are earned by myself. I hope to get your financial support, so I could develop my work further and make it better.
I am planning how to finish my work perfectly, including how to display, how to present and explore the presentation of my photos. I will present Finding Lubo in no less than four new exhibition forms this year:
1. The exhibition at the Beijing Three Shadows Photographic Art Center is currently on display from March to May. This is the result of my own investment, which probably cost me about 10,000 yuan. I am determined to exhibit my work according to the highest standards I have set out for the following three exhibitions, which is why I am seeking crowdfunding support with this campaign. The following three exhibitions are listed below.
2.Exhibition of the Sony World Photography Awards at the Somerset House in London, from April to May, has not begun yet.
3. Graduate graduate exhibition at Central Art Museum of Beijing Central Academy of Fine Arts, May, has not begun yet.
4.The exhibition of Shenzhen Magnum multimedia creation camp in October.
The $8,000 I am seeking will fund my graduate and other exhibitions, including: the leasing of electronic display screens, the high-quality printing of the works, and a delicate hand printed book. I need assistance from publishing houses, and your funding will also promote me to continue shooting this series of works, next new project. This grant is especially important for my graduate exhibition. I want to do my best to achieve the highest quality presentation.
“Lubo” is my infant name. Through finding “him,” I would like to fill the gap of the loss of my memory. This project is continuity of my personal emotion. I linked my growing experience and emotion, expressing the relationship between space and time of photography. I moved to many places along with my father’s working place changed (my father is a soldier). With the passage of time, I have felt more and more vague about my memory. As a result, I have been attempting to regain the memory lost to me over time. The events and places that happened before will appear in my mind occasionally, occasionally making me feel incomplete. So, I decided to record the changes of my emotion using photographs, including history, memory, impression and longing. All of them are the connection between my emotion and memory.
The project (in progress) is divided into three parts：
1. Graphic photography; http://wanghanlin.art/Finding-Lubo-1
2. Handmade book; http://cargocollective.com/wanghanlin/Handmade-books
3. Video image (15-minute Vimeo accessible above); http://cargocollective.com/wanghanlin/Finding-Lubo
The three parts constitute the project Finding Lubo.
The original intention of this work originated from my unforgettable flashes of childhood memories. My childhood memory is different with most people. My difference is that I grew up in the Chinese military compound. I have a monotonous, imprisoned, lonely childhood. My personality is influenced by the background of the era and the whole family of soldiers.
The materials used in making handmade books:
Needlework, tack, black cardboard, insulating tape, glass glue, paste, ink, twine, wool yarn, cotton, lees, crayons, oil-based pens, brushes, awl, metallic copper, aluminum metal, white cardboard, White matte paper, sulfuric acid paper, correction fluid, correction tape, glue gun, broken glass, dried bean curd, watercolor paint, hair, cigarette butts, dirt, old contract, calendar paper, old clothes, dust, carbon, plastic tape, paper Adhesive tape, chalk, jeans, old booklet, cadre premarital investigation letter, one-child certificate, child plan immunity guarantee certificate, marriage certificate, birth certificate, old photograph, bicycle license, childhood class composition, wool, leaves, glue.
I am preparing to make this hand-made book into a printed publication. If you would like to read more about my inspiration and background you can click here to read an interview & dialogue I gave recently. I appreciate any and all support you are willing to share, please assist me in this journey I am taking to find Lubo!