Super excited to be showing a number large format prints from the Motherland Chronicles collection in Las Vegas this month! ...Read More
A few weeks ago, out of the blue, Kris Kuksi sent me a message on Facebook asking if I had any works available to show. He wanted to invite me to exhibit with him at Joshua Liner Gallery's upcoming show—Your Favorite Artist's Favorite Artist—taking place in New York from November 20th to December 20th.
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With the support of Marc by Marc Jacobs and Vulture Magazine, I had the honor of exhibiting some of my Motherland Chronicles pieces last month in Singapore.
The show was held in conjunction with the celebration of Marc by Marc Jacobs' new store opening at ION Orchard and Vulture Magazine's one year anniversary, and took place at gallery space 72-13.
Thank you Marc by Marc Jacobs and Vulture for having me, everything looked so amazing, I wish I could have been there to experience it in person.
|From left: Celosia, Winterland Fairytales II, Self Portrait in Water|
|From left: Ascend, Book of Roses, In the Secret Garden|
Looking at these make me anticipate the day I can hold another solo exhibition again. There are only 12 weeks left in the first part of Motherland Chronicles now, I can't wait to see the series in print and share the book with you all once it's done. ❤
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Photos by Ren Rong, thank you for the beautiful pictures! :3
Last Thursday I was in Milan for the opening of "A Glimpse at Photo Vogue" exhibition. I attended it with fellow photographer Kirsty Mitchell and her makeup artist Elbie Bayley. So happy to be reunited with Kirsty after WPPI in Vegas in February! Her presence also turned out to be quite vital, you shall soon find out why. But first check out some pictures :D
Galleria Carla Sozzani was an amazingly beautiful venue. Besides the gallery, the complex also held a cafe, bookstore, and boutique with killer fashion. The artists and works on display at the exhibition were diverse and all incredibly stunning. I'm very honored to be part of the show, once again thank you to the team at Photo Vogue and Vogue Italia for putting this together. ♥
|Front of the exhibition|
|My work! :D|
|Someone checking out fellow Chinese photographer Kiki Xue's work, on display next to mine.|
|Really like this shot because they looked so contemplative. Mhmm.|
|Is that water? Yes that's water.|
I had to explain a few times how the self portrait in water was taken, it was pretty fun seeing people's reactions when I told them about directing my assistant for element arrangements with a tiny mirror. :D
|Crowd at the opening.|
|Ohai. Picture courtesy of Photo Vogue.|
|Cute message in the guest book, thank you!|
|View of the courtyard and cafe downstairs|
|And a wide shot!|
I got to meet fanboys and fangirls, and strangers who didn't know of my work who loved my pictures. It was awesome.
I also fainted because I forgot I was allergic to alcohol.
Dun dun dunnn.
You'd think for how much time I used to spend at a wine shop back in Singapore with people who loved champagne, that knowledge ought to have been ingrained in me by now. But NOPE, total brain fail.
There were servers walking around with drink trays at the show and at one point I thought "hey water!" because it was really warm and I was really thirsty. But It was white sparkling. I drank it anyway without really thinking.
I'd always reacted badly to the bubbly stuff. At our dinners, people would usually make sure I didn't end up sampling too much, because I'd been known to disappear into the bathroom for half hour periods and coming out white as a sheet. But of course I would conveniently forget it all thinking surely a tiny bit couldn't hurt.
So anyway, a tiny shot glass of it, and half an hour later I started to feel the beginning of something unpleasant. At first I actually thought that I was getting tired because standing in heels was tiring, and it was crowded and too warm. So I headed towards the entrance for some fresh air. By the time I found Kirsty and Elbie there I'd realized that nooo it was my alcohol allergy.
I attempted sitting at at window sill across from the exhibition title wall, hoping for it to pass.
I was firmly in denial and waiting for it to go away.
Then I started started having trouble sitting up and, well, denial is bad for you Jingna.
The bookstore was right next to the gallery, just a few steps ahead, so I walked over and asked one of the store ladies if I could sit at the chair near the entrance, she said okay.
Then it started getting horrible and I was like omg I need to throw up for this to be over but I can't do it here, right in front of a bookstore and gallery! I hated the idea of inconveniencing people and that would be like, totally the epitome of it. Sometimes I'm so proud of my Asian upbringings. Priorities.
As I continued slowly dying inside I also realized how I super needed the bathroom. When it got bad like that, it was always a combination of cold sweat + vomit + stomachache + diarrhea + bonelessly weak + fainting spells. Ugh.
So basically I started melting onto the table next to me when the weakness hit and I knew the only way it was gonna go was get worse. Kirsty or Elbie, my savior! Managed to get me some water and a plastic bag from the store girl, who needed to open the door behind me for it which involved herculean efforts on my part to move the chair, but I made it. No throwing up over super expensive chairs and tables and books. I'd never been prouder of being able to move a chair.
Before I sat down I'd asked if there was a bathroom, the girl had told me downstairs, but because I knew all I could possibly accomplish was roll down the steps, I tried biding my time hoping to muster up some energy, but obviously it wasn't gonna happening. (Denial is bad.) Then at some point I think they finally realized just how severe it actually was and someone said if I could walk a bit, I could use the office bathroom at the back of the store on the same floor. I was like omg THANK YOU SO MUCH and I'M SO SORRY but THANK YOU SO MUCH.
I stumbled across the store, leaning down on a table once halfway in the middle, telling Elbie when she asked if I needed a hand that I was totally okay making it on my own, like pft, why would I need someone to hold me to walk!? And promptly collapsed at the door to the office. Very nice.
I made it eventually, and couldn't be more thankful that it all happened within time for me to do all the things I had to do in the bathroom, without me having to inconvenience anyone or the store itself too much. And the bathroom was so blissfully clean I could do my super weak and fainting thing on the floor without feeling grossed out much afterwards. I know that's kind of ew, but what to do, dumb of me to forget, consequences in life and all that.
I'm just super glad it happened in the last half hour of the day and that I made it home in one piece.
Exciting show opening story I know. So proud of myself. For the exhibition. Totally.
Here's a pic with aforementioned shot glass:
|Look at that tiny thing. Bane of my existence.|
And although I just spent 800 words describing my alcohol allergy reaction, be assured that the majority of the time was spent in fantastic company. It's also made me miss doing solo shows. I was asked about Angel Dreams in a recent interview and it reminded me just how long it's been (3 years). I hope Motherland Chronicles will do well so I can have an excuse and a body of work to hold another exhibition. :D
One last look of my images at the show:
|Motherland Chronicles #7 - Self Portrait in Water|
|The Coldest Day|
Once again thank you so much everyone for your kindness and support, and all those who came down as well, it was lovely meeting you! Love you all. ♥ ♥ ♥
If any of you are in or near Milan and want to see the exhibition, it is running until August 10th:
I'm thrilled to share that Vogue Italia has selected me as one of the 25 photographers for this year's Photo Vogue exhibition. I can't quite believe it, it's such an honor.
The show will be in Milan, at Galleria Carla Sozzani, from June 13th to August 10th. http://www.vogue.it/en/people-are-talking-about/vogue-arts/2013/05/final-selection-photovogue-carla-sozzani
Location: ION Orchard, Level 1 Atrium, Singapore
Date: 16 Jul - 7 Aug 2010
Spectacular Sights is a photography exhibition is curated by Harper’s BAZAAR editor Giselle Go and fashion director Kenneth Goh, showcasing a snapshot of the high impact images from the pages of BAZAAR.
The exhibition features the work of internationally renowned photographers including Georges Antoni, Simon Upton, Jean-Paul Goude, Gan, Zhang Jingna, Aaron Lee, Gyslain Yarhi and Camilla Akrans.
Just look at that list. You don't have to care about my work at all because there are so many epically awesome photographers that will rock your socks off, so do check it out~! (I can hardly believe I'm included in this show, when I found out I was like, what? no way!? srsly?!! a;lsdkjgs;lakdf!!!! Thank you BAZAAR <3)
On a side note, if you have a moment, please sign this petition~!