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LIKE A PEARL IN MY HAND — Carina Hesper’s book launch and lecture

2017-03-10 12:02:47  source: Three Shadows Photography Art Centre +3 Gallery [Cooperative]  author: Carina Hesper  editor: 斫子 Su Yuezhuo
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Time :March 18th 2017, 15:00-17:00

Venue : Three Shadows Photography Art Centre +3 Gallery Lounge in Beijing

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Touching this heat sensitive, black book reveals a powerful portrait of a vulnerable visually impaired child on every page.

ABOUT THIS PROJECT

In Like a Pearl in my Hand, I reveal a side of China that is mostly hidden from the outside world. Many parents in China give up their new-born child when they find out that it is visually impaired. This is a consequence of the One-Child policy (formally ‘relaxed’ in 2013) and the loss of face associated with having a child with a disability.

Touched by these children’s fate, I visited different locations of the Bethel orphanage in Beijing, where I photographed children with a visual impairment. The more time I spent with these children, the less I saw their disability. That is why I wanted to photograph them in their unique way. Just as children, not as victims. This resulted in a series of 40 portraits.

Touched by these children’s fate, I visited different locations of the Bethel orphanage in Beijing, where I photographed children with a visual impairment. The more time I spent with these children, the less I saw their disability. That is why I wanted to photograph them in their unique way. Just as children, not as victims. This resulted in a series of 40 portraits.

ABOUT THE BOOK

In Like a Pearl in my Hand form and content are brought together in a unique and interactive way; the blind children, their concealment from society and the touch that is needed to see their portraits. The reader experiences what it is like to be without sight and becomes actively involved in the fate of a group of vulnerable children.

The book adds a tangible dimension to the medium of photography – a medium that is predominantly about seeing and being seen.

Like a Pearl in my Hand will be presented as a limited and signed edition book. The book will contain 32 of the 40 portraits, all fully coated in black thermo chromatic ink. This ink gets transparent when the temperature exceeds 25 degrees Celsius. So when you touch the black page with a warm hand, the underlying portrait of the visually impaired child is revealed.

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Carina Hesper (Rotterdam 1983 ) is a visual artist and design ner

Through portrait Carina is looking for the relationship with the viewer. Sometimes by capturing her own (possibly manipulated) face, but also through working with people with special or marginal position in society. Often this results in works of art that are more confrontational than comfortable, images that compel the viewer to take a position and to reflect on social developments and problems.

Carina Hesper graduated Cum Laude from the ArtEZ Institute for the Arts in Arnhem. She has exhibited her work in The Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Spain, Brazil, The United States and China. She was nominated- and won several prizes.

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