Carpe Diem

Carpe Diem

Artist: Luo Yang

Publisher: La Maison de Z

EUR 45

– Book Size: 19 x 24 cm
– Pages: 96 pages
– Binding: Softcover with embossing and foil stamping
Contains 4 booklets sewed on Papersense™ wood pulp washable paper
– Publication Year: 2022
– Language: English, Chinese
– Limited Edition: 800
– ISBN: 978-2-9564071-8-8

In 2007, at the age of 23, Luo Yang started the series Girls, which brought her international recognition. For ten years, Luo followed more than 100 women from her generation, recording changes to their bodies and their lives, observing and capturing their delicate transition to adulthood. This was a way for the photographer to capture her own emotions as a young woman, by holding a mirror up to her own growth and evolution alongside those of her models.

Now, Luo Yang is in her late 30s. In the new series Youth, started in 2019, Luo shifts her focus to a younger generation born in the late 1990s and early 2000s. She continues to explore through Generation Z the changes of contemporary China now globalized on a new scale and tries to preserve a photographic trace of these “atypical characters” in a social context.

From Girls to Youth, Luo Yang keeps “documenting” the post-teenagers and young adults that she met in her everyday life, using her work to tell the “story of youth” across generations. She depicts an emerging Chinese youth culture through her work that defies imposed expectations and stereotypes, showing evidence of her subjects’ individuality and personality. It is a personal account of femininity, gender and identity that reflects the profound and ongoing changes taking place in our society.

About Luo Yang

Luo Yang was born in the 1980s in Liaoning, China, and currently lives between Beijing and Shanghai. As a photographer, she focuses on women from different generations and backgrounds in contemporary China, depicting an emerging Chinese youth culture that defies imposed expectations and stereotypes. Her solo shows in Paris, Berlin, Austria, Hong Kong and Bangkok have since contributed to her international recognition and she’s been widely covered by Western media. Luo was selected as one of BBC’s 100 Women in 2018, shortlisted for C/O Berlin Talent Award in 2019, and won the Jimei X Arles Women Photographers Award 2019.

About La Maison de Z

La Maison de Z is an on-going project focusing on Chinese contemporary photography and independent publications. Using publishing as a way of research which explores the intricate relationship between realities and memories, La Maison de Z was founded by French-Chinese artist Zhen Shi in 2015 and starts to publish their own editions in 2018. The project allows a growing audience to discover the most recent works of emerging Chinese artists.

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