20 September 2008

invited photographer: Adou

A few weeks ago I discovered Three Shadows Photography Art Centre, the first art centre for contemporary photography in China. It's situated in Beijing and founded by the Chinese photographer Rongrong and the Japanese photographer Ms. inri. I can strongly recommend their homepage, where one can, among other things, get an overview over their artists and exibitions.

With the aid of Three Shadows Photography Art Centre I am now very happy to have the possibility to present Adou, a very interesting photographer.

Man Clutching Goose © Adou, 2006

"There is no difference between taking a picture of others and myself. The camera may be pointed outward, but whether you like it or not, it always reveals you."
– Adou

Children in Front of Backdrop © Adou, 2006

Two People, Two Trees © Adou, 2006

"Adou’s photographs of the Yi ethnic minority go beyond documenting the realities of life on Sichuan’s Da Liang Mountain. The landscapes and portraits in the series “Samalada” are more like self-portraits, reflections of the self and meditations on life and death, past and present. Adou’s use of expired rolls of film creates mottled textures and anomalies, which evoke a melancholic nostalgia for the past. These works do not speak for, or explain the situation of the people depicted, but rather become part of the artist’s visual language for self-expression.

Adou was born in Mianyang, Sichuan Province and graduated from the Fine Arts Department of Sichuan Aba Normal College. He has worked as a Design and Creative Director in advertising, and currently lives and works in Chengdu, Sichuan Province." (Three Shadows Centre)

Boys and Billiards © Adou, 2006

Family Holding Goose © Adou, 2006

Invited by Fredrik Skott


marcin said...

trip in time, trip to the reality that passes away, magic pictures

Mikael said...

Yes like going back a century, fantastic images!

Anonymous said...

Yes, beautiful pictures!!

M Jenemark

TammyPatrice said...

Thank you. Beautiful and timeless. I am so glad to see film and I love that Adou is using the out of date film and letting go of the results.

Hilde said...

Well, I have seen the work of Adou in Belgium on december 31st 2009, last day of the year. I was fascinated by a specific picture of him "mother and daughter". I've never been so "in trance" of a picture before. Beautiful: silent and simple but strong ! I'm his biggest fan :-)
Also I like the rest of his photography.
Does he have a personal website? Does anybody knows this?
Tx for an anwer
Greetzzz from Belgium (Ghent).