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

Reference one image


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.

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Reference lists from online

The New Life / Lise Sarfati

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Youtube research