Shanghai Blues


兼容的盒子计划第一百四十三期 bazaar compatible program #143
31°12.246'N 121°25.010'E
上海蓝调 Shanghai Blues
李慧 Sophia Lahlil
2017/02/14- 2017/02/26
安顺路98号小商品市场内26号铺 Shanghai, 98 Anshun Road, stall 26

Shanghai Blues is a series of square photographs that evoke the representation of the sky in the Taoist philosophy and ancient Chinese tradition. But if the representational form alludes to the sacred, the artist, in reality, is pointing out the environmental issues to which contemporary Chinese society is confronted.

Because of the high pollution all year long, the sky of Shanghai is very seldom blue. It was during one of those rare days that I was able to photograph the sky and capture a moment of "pure" air. Behind their apparent simplicity, these photographs evoke personal memories: the unconscious appeal of the home country and of my childhood vacations at the seaside.

With melancholy and humor, this artwork aims at questioning the views and development of the youth that are growing up in the vast Chinese megalopolis. Providing a "piece of blue sky" to the visitors, I wish to offer them a very precious type of artifact, something that is now only rarely seen, and that can now - because turned into artwork, be put indoor in their own house.

Sophia Lahlil
Shanghai, 8 July 2016