Introduction to story Assignment 2 (Part two: Yangjiang Group)


Yang Jiang was born 17 July 1911 in China, Bejing. She got married in 1935, she spent three years at the University of Oxford of in Paris and also she returning in 1938 to China. Yang Jiang passed away on Wednesday 25 May 2016 in Bejing. Jiang’s was 104 years old . Yang Jiang father’s had cancer and he also  passed away. Yangjiang group is an artistic group founded in 2002, by Zheng Guogu. Guogu’s is an artist based in Yangjiang group in the China. Yangjiang group’s calligraphic work and performances have been exhibited around the world . Yangjiang group is very inspirational from the origin of the long river of Chinese calligraphy. Yangjiang group use the medium of Chinese calligraphy to develop art practise, including performance photography, painting, video and installation. The Yangjiang group art is about the social action and everyday life, including the practise of calligraphy, cooking, watching, cricket, photographing, football, gambling, drinking and eating.

When i see this video, I just felt that’s really strange for me because they’re eating dinner and then they do calligraphy with food. I didn’t like to see their work of  calligraphy with food from the Yangjiang group because this made me think of how gross the calligraphy with food will be but on the other hand, I thought it was really interesting. Since I have never seen calligraphy with food before. Yangjiang group was doing calligraphy with the food which integrates with arts.

Yangjiang group took the use of a rule calligraphy as a personal mark of authority to its logical extreme which made their brushwork a pervasive part of chinese life.  It seems  highly likely that calligraphy will be continue to play in the future art. I just think that Yangjiang group was more familiar with the calligraphy and also it’s was important that the media of language embraced the Yangjiang group. The relationship between calligraphy as high culture and also it’s everyday that they use from personal to marketing, hand scrawled gambling receipts to the written rules for sports and games.  Yangjiang group is using  materials such as papers, ink, soy sauce, mass produced clothes and also left over food, that’s materials included of the calligraphy’s as well as clothes wax. Although the artist’s performances are highlights of the exhibition in the museum space. Leftovers became the materials to create calligraphy and also food integrated with art.

It’ was really interested for me because Yangjiang group was doing the calligraphy, while using the wax on all clothings and coating turns entire installation into a retail museum. When I first saw this image, it looked like a frozen place with ice everywhere.


Yangjiang Group. Final Day, 2015.

I can see the work of Yangjiang group  is all about positive energy and that they’re from the momentum of modern society. Which is calligraphy to life and also the process of creating calligraphy become a way of the artists to the world. I think that is important of calligraphy for their culture and understanding. Also their life was influenced by art as a form of Yangjiang group.


Reference from online

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Yangjiang Group – After Dinner Shu Fa at Cricket Pavilion, Eastside Projects, Birmingham, 2012.





Introduction to story Assignment 2 (Part one: Lise Sarfati)

Lise Sarfati

Assignment 2 Images

Lise Sarfati was born in 1958, in Oran, French Algeria. So Sarfati grew up in Nice. Sarfati has three sisters, Gina is older while Sloane and Sasha are younger. Sarfati began taking photography at 13 years old . Sarfati is a French photographer, she owns images of cities in Russia and young people in the United States. Her paintings were inspired by her own imagination. Then she graduated in Russian studies from Sorbronne in 1979 and she moved to do Russian photography. In 1989, she became the offical photographer and devoted nearly a decade of study to this country with the help of a grant.  In 2013, She visited the United States and created a series of photography with young people. Sarfati is able to capture emotion, feeling, and life in her photography, which in turn gives light to her subjects. Sarfati used the material of eighteen coloured photographer’s features to  show and explore a subculture of women who moved to Los Angeles. Sarfati lived in Russia for 10 years before going to the States in 2003. Sarfari didn’t want to stay in Nice. The French people felt that France was losing its personality under the influence of the state of a country. When Sarfati was taken to a factory where she made her shoes herself. They were made of all kinds of different materials put together, for example, soft leather boots with dark red laces. Today however she has moved on to her work which focuses on the relationship between body and space and based on her interested in the stories of teenagers from cities in the USA.

I chose Sarfati because she works on the emotional and depressed images . I just felt like i will do similar work of the Sarfati’s work project. Sarfati’s work really inspired me . I think that Sarfati’s work is doing really well. I think Sarfati is determined to uphold her vision to show the world through her depressed and emotional images.

In this image, the girl’s name is Gaelyn, the girl could have been sitting on the bed for hours with no call to action. From this image, I can see the photographs with the art calendar hanging by the door, the artistic print on the wall to her right. The composition of this photograph is somewhat complex, the blue and gray shows the stillness, broken only by the gold of the poster and also the relationship in the corner behind the door.


Reference image: Sarfati, Lise. The New Life, 2003.


Reference : she, by Lise Sarfati Published by Twin Palms Publishes, 2012.

In this image of christine have a bit more drama to them than the others. The others are more blank and malleable for Sarfati.

Reference image: Sarfati, Lise. Photographs. Oakland, CA, 2005.

Sarfati looks at the relationship between the mother and the sisters through their shared love of dramatic dress. I think that Sarfati picks up on this really well, possibly because she was depressed herself so she understands why these girls have their anxieties.

The photographer may be using a filter to enhance the blue tone of these photos in order to create a more gloomy feeling. The context gives deeper meaning to this photograph otherwise it may only present young females’ daily activities and states but not solve their feeling of depression In relation to the context, the underpinning narrative is the loneliness and lack of connection among young people.


Library books

I went to the Library at Unitec, I just found two books its’ called Magnum and Lise Sarfati Acta Est. Those books was not much writing but most the images on those books.

First book

First image: Terri, no. 31, from the series The New Life. Portland, USA, 2003.

Second image: Mariela, no. 27, from the series The New Life. Los Angeles, USA, 2003.

Second book




UC Riverside, California Museum of Photography, USA, ​“The New Life”, August 5-October 7, 2006.

Oh Man, Lise Sarfati, Nominated For Pictet Prize, 2015.

The Art of Fashion Photography, Prestel Publishing, 2014.
The Photography Book, Phaidon, 2014.

“Austin, Texas”, exhi­bi­tion at Fotografins Hus, Stockholm, Sweden Nominated for the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize, 2010.
Prix Niépce, Paris, France, 1996.
Infinity Award, International Center of Photography, New York, USA, 1996.

Reference of Biography:

Reference lists from online

The New Life / Lise Sarfati

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Youtube research

George Grosz Artist work (Assignment 1 Exercise three)

1)Most of Grosz’s artistic work is typically in pen, and paint, drawing, ink and sometime he also worked with watercolours. In Grosz’s artistic work, the colours look horrific and scary because his work shows First World War, sex crimes, greed and violence. Grosz made some furious collages, but his drawing at the Richard Nagy Gallery is quite different it is very peaceful. Grosz doing developing the skill of rapid sketching from model who changed their pose after five, also such training proved to be invaluable for his artistic. Grosz’s began his artistic education shorty theafter, In 1909 at the Dresden Art, also this time forward he carried a small sketchbook in order to draw people and the busy street life of Berlin.


2) One quick way to see how the First World War changed art is to look at important other works of the 20th century. For example the Belief Art Movements started in Zurich in 1916. He started creating drawings and also illustration for left wing magazines. Grosz painted in shape. These painting became very popular images and these have been in Welmar Republic Gallery since 1920s. Also Grosz’s early work has all the formal bravado of Dada. Grosz work showed dogs roaming past the bodies of suicides in a made red from blood of lots of suicide victims strewn around on street. This work used oil paint on canvas. The Dada movement also the exploration many different paint, media images and found objects.

Suicide 1916 by George Grosz 1893-1959

In 1917, he made this painting, glass, bricks, and the people fly through the air in a city rent by bomb attack. Also windows shatter and smoke pours into the nighttime sky, slices of the half-naked body parts.


3)Although Grosz was interested in various art mediums, and he made his first oil paintings in 1912, his paintings from this time show influences from German expressionism.  In 2920 Grosz showed influence of the movement, but also of Grosz view of Geman War support as faceless robots. The Grosz movements influenced artists work from Fluxus, Neo-Dada and Pop Art.

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Images Reference Lists 

Figure 1. George Grosz, Stualilche muslim Berlin, (1926).


Figure 2. George Grosz, Suicide, (1916).

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Figure 3. George Grosz,  Explosion, (1917).


My Story (Assignment 1 Exercise two)

Introduction to Story: My Story

                              1) My life


                                2) My family


                                  3) Muslim Culture


                                  4) Cochlear Implant/ Deaf Culture


                                      5) Pray everyday


My name is Saynab Muse and I am 20 years old. I was born in Somalia and  moved to New Zealand in 1998. I was born Deaf. I got meningitis when I was three years old because I got sick. I have two brothers and four sisters. My younger sister was also born deaf.  My little sister and I were  the only ones born deaf in my whole family.  In Somalia there’s no education opportunities for Deaf children in schools that’s why my family moved here and also there was war happening in Somalia which was not safe place for my family to stay.  Deaf Culture is a part of my life. I was involved with the deaf community when I was eight years old. Sign language is very important for Deaf community. I had cochlear implant when I was 3 half years old. The cochlear implant has helped me to hear and communicate properly with my family. I can hear people talking and the background sound effectively. There are Deaf communities everywhere in the world. Deaf people in New Zealand have access to provide interpreters for mainstream schools,  universities and more. Sign language is used with our  hands, facial expressions and body movement as well. Many people around  the world may view Deaf  people differently and not someone with a disability. We are humans and we just can’t hear that’s all. From the  old history in New Zealand, the teacher said Deaf people must use  oral language but as you may know other Deaf people lip read.  Not being allowed to use sign language and only using oral can be a difficult communication. In the past, when Deaf people would use sign language to communicate and the teacher saw you, they would slap their hands.  In Somalia  there’s not enough Deaf schools so I hope to help them in the  near future and also I want to encourage more education at Deaf schools in Somalia. My family always pray every day because it is part of our Muslim culture.

Moana this is about my perspective (Assignment 1 Exercise one)


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I do agree with Karlo Mila, the reason being her son was excited to watch the moana movie and a lot of people do relate to the pacific island culture.  In the movie it shows who we are. What if the movie was about Muslim people, then some people might think Muslim all are bad people and stereotype them.I would not be happy with the movie as well. So I understand where  Mrs Milla’s point of view and disagree with the moana movie. 

Polynesians have been left unhappy with the Disney movie Moana because Polynesians people are disappointed with the character Maul which is one of their beloved history from hundreds of years ago. There way of life and culture is highly valued. If Polynesians people are unhappy with this movie then therefore I feel sympathetic because I know the value of respecting and acknowledging other cultures. In my opinion I think the main influences was lead by the language and clothing style.