VOP Issue 17 : 家族之間 Kins and Kinship
Voices of Photography 攝影之聲
Issue 17: 家族之間 Kins and Kinship
本期的Artist’s Showcase單元，我們與馬格蘭攝影家張乾琦在不同時區的忙碌奔波間進行了訪談對話，並揭載了他的新作——《時差》（Jet Lag）。台灣出生、在經年累月穿梭於世界各地的報導攝影工作生涯裡，「在路上」已是張乾琦的個人日常。當飛機、旅館與閃爍的螢幕成為生活唯一的連續，婚姻、家庭與時間則處在過於頻繁的失連狀況。繼他在《唐人街》、《我願意》、《鍊》和《囍》等處理人之關係處境的著名作品之後，《時差》是張乾琦在以「家」為題的主計畫裡，一個處理著終極斷連的系列。「我相信時間會告訴我什麼時候該踏上歸程」，他在某個時區裡對我們說。
In this issue of VOP, through the relation between family history and private family relationships, we seek the connection and distance between “family" and life in photography. Japanese artist Yoshikatsu Fujii’s work shows us how he perceives his family’s falling apart in the face of his parents’ estrangement, a familial relationship that is disintegrating and yet binds like an umbilical cord. Chinese artist Lang Li, in the face of his father’s passing on, begins to mark the time of his father’s lifetime directly on portraits of his father as well as on items left behind, extending a trailing record of over 30,000 dates and establishing a relationship between the different times of his life. Hong Kong artist Wai Lau whose parents came from Northern China, participated in the Cultural Revolution and then made Hong Kong their home subsequently, deconstructs old family photos, records her parents’ current lives and makes a trip back north to revisit her parents’ historical homes of the past. These cross-generation family albums depict a deep reading of family memories and relationships between family members.
In our Artist’s Showcase, we have an interview with Magnum Photo photographer Chien-Chi Chang done in the midst of his busy schedule on the go between different time zones. We also feature some shots from his new work Jet Lag. Born in Taiwan and having spent years travelling all over the world as part of his documentary reporting work, “on the road” is a daily state in his personal life. When the plane, the hotel and a shimmering television screen become life’s only extension, marriage, family and time are in a perpetual state of disconnection. Following his work in China Town, I Do I Do I Do, The Chain and Double Happiness etc which deal with interpersonal relationships, Chang turns to the theme of “Home” in the project Jet Lag, a series that deals with the ultimate disconnection. “I do believe time will tell when to commence the return journey.” He said from an unknown time zone.
In addition Shih-Lun Chang’s column On Images is a reflection of artists creation based on the theme of “clan/family photographs”, discussing the imagery of “home” and its ways of presentation through the portrayal of family relations through photography. Zheng Gu presents us with an extensive introduction of family photography in contemporary Chinese and Japanese photography, from Jin-Song Wang’s Standard Family, Yi-Nong Shao and Chen Mu’s Family Register, Fu-Na Ye’s Family Album, Nobuyoshi Araki’s Sentimental Journey, Tsuneo Enari’s Japanese war brides in America to Masashi Asada’s The Asada Family, family relations cross each other in complex private, historical, re-presentational and imitation forms of photography, presenting the image of the family in many forms.
Moreover, we continue our interest in photography publishing, we have a special on the “Indie Photobook Library”, also featuring its founder Larissa Leclair in this issue, introducing four interesting books. In the Q section, we interview Chinese independent photobook publisher, You Yan. He began working with the new generation of Chinese photographers since 2011 and introduced many new themes and possibilities to Chinese photography through his Jiazazhi Press. At the same time, photography critic Chia-Chi Chen writes about Taiwanese artist Chuan-Xing Chen’s recent new work Won’t Somebody Bring the Light and its connection with Taiwanese literature. Also we added in a new section titled “Photobooks & Taiwan”, from the perspective of early publishing, sorting out Taiwan and its photography tracks.