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Han Lei | 200 Pages | Hardcover/Signed

Early Works

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Han Lei took a series of black and white photographs in the 1980s and 1990s, centering on everyday life and his travels in and around his hometown of Kaifeng. The work is subtle, but it still preserves China at that time. I have seldom seen pictures that I find more moving than these. If the pictorial landscapes shaped by digital technologies gradually become mirages that affect our minds, then his works are like simple, deep wells that allow us to see ourselves once again and catch a glimpse of the root and the sky that lie at the bottoms of our memories.

The figures, faces, and environments he photographed indicate the cracks in collectivism. People had lost traditional cultural roots, but they were also full of longing for, confusion about, and misunderstandings of modernity; a stifling blindness that had persisted unchanged for several thousand years and Han’s dynamic capturing of this blindness seemed to prefigure the massive price that would later be paid for urbanization and commercialization: the deformed tackiness that dominates the entire face of reality.

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韓磊在1980、1990年代間拍攝過一批黑白照片,視角圍繞著故鄉開封一帶的日常生活及其旅行展開,看似細微,卻堪稱留住了那個年代的中國,事實上,罕有比它們更打動我的攝影了,如果說數碼技術帶來的圖像景觀日漸成為搖散我們心神的海市蜃樓,那麼,他的這些作品則像一口樸實、幽深的井,讓我們得以再次凝視自己,窺探到記憶底部的根和天空。

他拍攝的那些人物、面孔和環境,表明了集體性的斷裂狀態:失去了傳統的文化根基,又對現代性充滿了渴望、迷惑和誤解,其中的靜滯感溯及了幾千年不變的、令人窒息的某種盲目,而動態的捕捉幾乎預示了此後的都市化和商業化進程中付出的巨大代價:一種畸形的庸俗主宰了整個現實表情。

Early Works|Han Lei/韓磊|200 x 240 mm|200 pages|Hardcover|Language: Chinese and English|Edition: 540 copies|Published by imageless Studio|2017

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