Chen Dazhi


This photography installation by artist Dazhi Chen, titled Crevice, consists of five photographs that capture light falling from the cracks into the Antelope Valley. The artist chose to use a screen to present the piece, and had the frame of the screen specially designed – the iron frame was laid out to rust naturally for two months before being exhibited in order to better respond to the theme that he wanted to express. The installation acts as a metaphor for the living conditions of human beings in modern society: laws and moral rules are like the black boulders in the picture, placing shackles and on human beings. There are only a few crevices left, which we were born to live in. However, the emergence of light is a metaphor for life: although we are struggling in the crevices, we can still seek our own freedom within them.