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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.
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